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A teacher in California used to be set apart on administrative leave after wearing blackface to impersonate the rapper Frequent for a Halloween costume.

Dressed in a shaded jacket and white turtleneck, the Milpitas Excessive schoolteacher mimicked a chain of Microsoft commercials wherein the rapper and activist showcases the manner forward for synthetic intelligence. The teacher is white.

“Alternatives limitless, possibilities mindless, what’s going to you attain?” the teacher raps over a beat in a video shared on Twitter Friday.

Essentially the most-considered clip among these Microsoft commercials on YouTube does no longer mark Frequent rapping.

Sooooooooo… one among our WHITE lecturers at mhs the day previous decided to paint his face so stumble on esteem traditional the rapper the day previous. pic.twitter.com/1WudSddCLZ

— karrington (@karrington_kk) November 1, 2019

College officers are investigating the incident and condemned the teacher’s actions, despite the incontrovertible truth that they did no longer verify the teacher’s identity to USA TODAY.

A assertion from Milpitas Unified College District Board President Chris Norwood, who is shaded, called the act “unpleasant, unprofessional and insensitive.” He talked about he asked for an investigation of the teacher. 

“Milpitas Unified College District is house to (over 10,000) college students of numerous cultural, language and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are a good deal shocked, upset with the action that has occurred,” he wrote in an announcement to USA TODAY.

Milpitas Excessive Well-known Francis Rojas, in a joint assertion with district Superintendent Cheryl Jordan, talked about blackface “has a historic and mark-day connotation of racism that demeans these of African ancestry.”

“In a college neighborhood the attach we welcome rookies and families from over 50 languages who signify cultures and religions all thru the realm … it hurts to know that the form of cultural insensitivity and lack of cultural consciousness aloof hovers in the background,” they wrote in the assertion.

The Rev. Jethroe Moore II, president of the San Jose-Silicon Valley NAACP, informed USA TODAY this incident speaks to a much bigger systemic anguish on the local and nationwide stage.

“Folks are being empowered to opt positions that are demeaning to diversified cultures,” he talked about. “How can he be an example for faculty students around him?”

Moore met with district officers Monday, who informed him the college would conduct more ethnic bias and cultural sensitivity traini