Not one black face in that photo. Of course not. Several New York City teachers are now in hot water after disobeying their Teacher’s Union rules to not wear ‘inappropriate’ clothing on the first day of school.
Some teachers wore the NYPD shirts to school Tuesday and Wednesday as a show of support for cops in the wake of the Eric Garner death and union-backed rally by the Rev. Al Sharpton, despite being warned by the United Federation of Teachers. An email from the union stated that, “as public employees, one must remain objective at all times. Certain T-shirt messages may appear to be supportive, but individuals (parents, students) may see a different meaning in that message.”
The memo also pointed out “potential implications” career-wise, noting: “Principals may report any inappropriate apparel to the chancellor.”
The photo above shows teachers at PS 220 in Queens gathered in a classroom while wearing gray NYPD shirts supplied by a teacher whose boyfriend is a city cop.
“We didn’t agree with [the UFT’s] backing the Al Sharpton thing,” one comment read.
Cindi Panarella, the UFT chapter leader at PS 44 in Mariners Harbor, called the union’s action “crazy.” “The UFT contract specifically says there is no dress code. They can’t tell us what to wear,” she said.
Ok white ladies, do you. But don’t be surprised if you’re out of a job.