In this week's episode of Captain Inappropriate, he tackles the subject of race... A delicate issue given the population of our high school...
He mistakenly calls a young white student by the name of the only other white student in the class. She reacted with confusion, to which he loudly responded:
"Well, all you white girls look the same to me."
She looked genuinely offended, while the rest of the class joined Captain Inappropriate in his laughter. I darted my eyes towards the ground so I wouldn't have to give a polite smile to him if he looked my way. I hate it when the classroom teacher makes a lame joke then looks to me expecting me to be guffawing in some sort of comradeship, when in fact I find it about as funny as a Family Circus cartoon.
"It's true about the boys, though..." remarked one black girl with a pensive look on her face and a nod of agreement from her friend.
In one fell swoop, Captain Inappropriate has damaged the already fragile ego of a young girl and propagated stereotypical racist beliefs. I'm impressed.
Since then, that girl has come to his class and immediately put her head on the desk, to which our brave Captain makes note of loudly and repeatedly throughout the class.
Take note, the same day he made the race comment, I had a little chat with him and pointed out that comments may be taken home to parents who have "no sense of humour" (I know how his brain works, that's how he'd view them), but he was adamant that he knows who to joke with and how far to go. He then went on to give some examples that made me wonder if I should go to someone about this. He really doesn't get it, and there is obviously so much more I don't even know about. He's not sick, he's just clueless and thinks they'll all brand him "cool" if he keeps this up.
I feel really bad when I realize that I dread going into his class. How must the kids feel? Poor bastards.