Just down the road in Hephzibah, a high school teacher had a different interpretation of the Confederacy’s legacy.
In a classroom, the flag was described as “a sticker you put on the back of your pickup truck to announce that you intend to marry your sister. Think of it like a white trash ‘Save The Date’ card,” the Augusta Chronicle reported.
The image, originally taken from the popular webcomic The Oatmeal, was projected onto a whiteboard to explain the concept of a story within a story, the Chronicle reported.
A photo of the text was posted on Facebook by a student’s parent, prompting an investigation by the Richmond County School System. The teacher was placed on paid administrative leave, according to the Chronicle.
“The Richmond County School System is committed to creating a diverse, equitable learning environment for students,” the system said in a statement, the Chronicle reported. “The language used in the example was unacceptable and has no place in our classrooms.”
The school system did not return a request for comment.
The incident is a unique wrinkle in the national discussion over how Confederate symbols — such as flags, monuments and even Army base names — should be reckoned with in the 21st century.
There has been a growing movement to install plaques next to Confederate monuments that contextualize a war launched to preserve the institution of slavery, and explain how rebel symbols have historically been used to intimidate African Americans during key moments in the fight for civil rights.
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