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Teacher who wore blackface admits he made 'horrible mistake'

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Carter acknowledged that in the context of teaching sensitive topics such as slavery and civil rights, he's gotten "casual with words, thoughts and lessons" but he now "understands the need to be culturally sensitive" and that his gestures and words "can make people uncomfortable, especially if they don't know where I stand."

Carter said he believes he should be able to resume his career after making all the amends that are asked of him from the school and community.

"I consider myself to be a great teacher, and a great teacher can learn from mistakes," he said. "I can do better, and I hope I get the chance to do better. I made a horrible mistake. I miss my class. My students need me, and my classroom needs me."

That is hard to accept for the Rev. Jethroe Moore, president of the Silicon Valley NAACP, who added that more focus needs to be put on the students who experienced Carter's offense.

"There are 90 kids who are scarred for life," he said, referring to the three class periods Carter taught in costume. "How do we un-stain what was put in their minds?"


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