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Teacher wears “Columbus was a Murderer” sweatshirt

Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 18, 2019

A fifth-grade teacher in Detroit says she made the right call this week by wearing a sweatshirt to school with the message, “Columbus was a murderer.” 

Who knew Indigenous Peoples’ Day could stir so much hatred for the explorer who, in 1492, sailed the ocean blue? 

“I wanted to wear this shirt to spark discussion,” Emma Howland-Bolton, a teacher at Clippert Multicultural Magnet Honors Academy, told Detroit TV station WXZY. 

Well, Emma, mission accomplished. 

The shirt didn’t just spark discussion with her students, but the community at large, many of whom thought the murderer shirt was in bad taste on Columbus Day — or, according to Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 

The school’s administrator reportedly asked the woke teacher to change into something less murder-y. 

“I was informed that my shirt was my opinion, and I kind of countered that, actually, it is a fact,” the defiant teacher told the TV station. 

Howland-Bolton didn’t check with school officials on whether the murder shirt would be a good idea. It wasn’t pre-approved, and sweatshirts are not part of the staff’s business casual dress code. 

Did Christopher Columbus’ crew kill some natives of the new world? Yes. Is a teacher wearing a less-than-business-casual sweatshirt demanding that the famous explorer was a murderer acceptable? Apparently, yes. 

WXZY points out that Howland-Bolton will not be disciplined.

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