Avoiding Uncomfortable Conversations Is Why We’re in This Mess


MINOT, N.D. — A teacher from Wahpeton, N.D., is on administrative leave after a classroom discussion about the death of George Floyd turned into a re-enactment of the man’s tragic and unjust death.

The news went not just national, but international, featured even as far afield as The Daily Mail in Great Britain, thanks to the global public’s unquenchable and ignoble desire to be offended.

But was this classroom discussion truly offensive?

“In a phone interview Friday morning, [Superintendent Rick] Jacobson said the incident was not part of the teacher’s lesson plan, but arose spontaneously when students were talking about former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction in the death of George Floyd,” David Olson reports. “The discussion quickly progressed to where at least one student began to physically demonstrate the student’s understanding of how Floyd was handcuffed with his hands behind his back, at which point the teacher stopped the discussion, according to Jacobson.”

Am I the only one thinking that doesn’t sound so bad?

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