Iowa educator tells mixed-race kids: Blacks are too ‘stupid’ to go to school or live with whites

'Sad pupil being bullied by classmates at corridor in school' [Shutterstock]
‘Sad pupil being bullied by classmates at corridor in school’ [Shutterstock]

15 Oct 2015

Two Iowa parents are calling for an educator at Bailey Park Elementary School in Grinnell to be fired for allegedly making racist comments to mixed-race children.

Geoff Burd choked up as he explained to KCCI that his daughter, Nikki, came home from school and recalled that the para-educator had said black people and white people should not be a family or go to the same school.

“It’s an unbelievable situation,” Burd said, sounding defeated.  “I work very hard to protect her. I have worked her entire life to protect her.”

According to Burd’s daughter, the educator said that “[b]lack people and white people can’t be family.  Black people should not go to this school.  Black people should have their own school.”

The educator also confronted Burd’s son, Marquez, on the playground.

“Black people are stupid and don’t know anything,” the woman reportedly told Marquez.

Superintendent Todd Abrahamson said that the educator had been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

“We started a level one investigation, and that just started yesterday and today,” he told KCCI.

Burd said that the only way to protect children from the educator’s influence would be to fire her.

“I worry about their emotional stability,” the father lamented.  “You can never take those words back, and she can never retract those words.  She can never get those words out of my children’s head.”



5 thoughts on “Iowa educator tells mixed-race kids: Blacks are too ‘stupid’ to go to school or live with whites

  1. Shannon Lawrence October 22, 2015 / 1:12 am

    How incredibly sad and disappointed that someone like that was working with kids in the first place.


    • Lara/Trace October 22, 2015 / 8:05 am

      I agree Shannon – that is not a lesson any child needs


    • Carol A. Hand October 22, 2015 / 11:30 am

      It is incredible that this is still going on in 2015, Shannon. One of the things I found most incredible is that this is the same state, Iowa, where Jane Elliot conducted a ground-breaking study on the consequences of “racial” discrimination in 1968:


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