Alabama elementary school teacher apologizes for blackface costume

(H/T to Raw Story)

Heath Morrow is a 5th-grade teacher at Chestnut Grove Elementary School in Decatur, Alabama.  This is his photo as it appears on his school’s website:

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However, Morrow recently attended a Halloween party looking quite different:

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Heath Morrow and his wife, Shannon, decided to go as a celebrity couple.  Shannon dressed as Kim Kardashian.  Heath dressed as Kanye West — complete with blackface.

Shannon posted the picture to Facebook, even offering the comment “Haha some people thought Heath was really a black man.”  The picture was soon made its way to Reddit, where it picked up steam.  The photo was deleted from Shannon’s account but, by then, it was too late.  Heath Morrow had gained internet infamy.  His picture made the news and made things uncomfortable for him at work.

There has already been a press conference regarding this incident, with district superintendent Ed Nichols reading Morrow’s letter of apology (the text of the apology can be viewed here). The district will not comment on Heath Morrow’s status while it conducts its investigation into the incident.

In the meantime, I would suggest that Mr. Morrow go here or here to get a feel for why blackface (or any other ethnically-/racially-stereotypical costumes) are a big no-no.

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