A White teacher from Milpitas, California who impersonated rapper and activist Common is currently on leave for an undisclosed period of time. The teacher, David Carter, is now admitting he made a “horrible mistake,” but previously had no reservations when placing dark paint on his face to imitate the Chicago-bred artist for Halloween.
“I would become the hip-hop artist Common, doing the Microsoft AI guy,” Carter explained to NBC Bay Area. “I had no intention to come across as blackface, and my actions were perceived that way and offended so many people. I’m truly sorry and I apologize.
“As a teacher, I constantly going over the top to engage my students in learning — I went too far,” he said.
Carter has no choice but to take full responsibility for his actions, as the video clip (below) was shared by a student who received it in a message.
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