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Updated Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:15 AM IST
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Westlake High School teacher Christopher Moreno gave a cartoon to students of class 11 on the very first day, September 8, which sparked controversy. The five-photo cartoon is headed by George Floyd, and each photo shows a white man pressing a black man to the knee. These five photos tell the story of five rounds.
In the first frame, a pirate is seen kneeling a black neck with his knee. In the second frame, the master of slaves seems to be doing the same. The third frame man is shown a member of KKK who is pressing the black man's neck. The fourth frame is of separatism in which a white policeman is carrying out similar feats. The fifth frame belongs to the present day and is associated with Jordan Floyd, whose Black Lives Matter campaign has been in the US since his death.
It is written in every frame. I cant breath (I cannot breathe). These are the words that George Floyd said to a white policeman just before his death on 25 May.
Parents are angry now for this cartoon. Enia Paternostro, the mother of a student, says that comparing the police to the KKK in the cartoon is a way to attack the police. He has sent these cartoons to the district superintendent and the principal of the school. He says that this cartoon is disturbing, we also have to respect the blue uniforms who protect us.
The special thing is that in August, the same cartoon was given to students of VIII in a school in Texas. At that time there was a dispute about this and angry parents demanded the teacher to be sacked. Raymond Cooper Junior High School teacher gave these cartoons to the students and asked them to write on it.