Josie Orihuela recorded her sixth-grade teacher at Hampton Middle School near Atlanta on a rant against President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan and immigration policies.
Johnetta Benton allegedly introduced a video for Black History Month with a lecture questioning what time period Trump was referencing when he said, “Make America Great Again.”
She pointed out that the 1960s had segregation, the 1970s still didn’t see equal treatment, and that in the 1990s, police officers beat Rodney King in the street.
“He must be talking about when it was great for Europeans. Because when it comes to minorities, America has never been great for minorities,” she said in the recording, which was posted to YouTube. “Because when I examine history, I can’t remember a time when it was great for anybody other than the Europeans.”
Josie reportedly argued that although America hasn’t been great all the time, there are parts in between that have been great.Gage Skidmore/Flickr
The conversation then turned to illegal immigration, at which point another teacher, Mr. Stroud, entered the classroom and said, “All of us here are all illegal immigrants.”
“Because America belonged to somebody else,” Benton added as a reference to Native Americans.
The teacher contended that aside from African-Americans and Native Americans, who came here as slaves against their will, everyone is “illegal immigrants” and pointed to all the white students.
“So every person in here — unless you’re a Native American, and I sure don’t see any in here, I could be wrong — we’re all immigrants,” she said. “So when you say immigrants are killing folks, that’s us. That’s you, you, you, you and you.”Gage Skidmore/Flickr
Josie recorded the exchange on her cellphone, and after she showed it to her mom, Kimberly, she pulled her daughter from the school.
On Saturday, Josie appeared on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” and said that her mom was in “total shock” when she showed her the video.
“It made me feel like that I had done something wrong even though I knew that I didn’t,” she explained about the moment in the classroom.
J.D. Hardin, the communications coordinator for Henry County schools, said in a statement to “Fox & Friends” that the rant was “extremely unfortunate.”
“This unfortunate incident affords us the opportunity to remind our educators of the importance of keeping any potential political bias out of lessons for students of any age,” Hardin added.