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A Virginia high school English teacher is under fire for claiming on TikTok that telling kids to sit still is “white supremacy.”
Josh Thompson, a Blacksburg High School teacher, criticized his district’s use of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), saying it contributes to “white supremacy” in the classroom.
“It’s things like making sure that you’re following directions, and making sure that you’re sitting quietly, and you are in your seat and all these things that come from white culture,” Thompson said in a since-deleted video.
“The idea of just sitting quiet and being told stuff and taking things in, in a passive stance, is not a thing that’s in many cultures. So if we’re positively enforcing these behaviors, we are by extension positively enforcing elements of white culture,” he added. “Which therefore keeps whiteness at the center, which is the definition of white supremacy.”
Brigitte Gabrielle said “FIRE this teacher,” and Max Lugavere, a popular author and podcaster, wrote: “This is actual racism. And condescending af to people of color.”
The Montgomery County School District said that they support Thompson’s right to free speech, but asserted that his views are not their own and defended their use of PBIS, the Daily Mail reports.