Iowa Teacher Comes Under Fire for Dressing in Blackface as 'Napoleon Dynamite' Character
The school district said they are investigating.
A white teacher has come under fire after she dressed in blackface at a Halloween party this year.
Megan Luloff, who is a teacher at Walcott Elementary School in Davenport, Iowa, is seen in a photo being circulated online dressed as African-American character LaFawnduh from the 2004 film “Napoleon Dynamite.”
“The wearing of blackface is never appropriate in any circumstance by any person,” Davenport superintendent Art Tate said in a statement.
Apparently, several people at the affair went dressed as characters from the comedy film.
The school district said their human resources department is investigating the matter. Luloff has not been placed on leave.
“I cannot clearly articulate how offensive and appalling it is to people of color,” said Linda Hayes, the district board vice president. “In light of our recent developments within the district, this was in very poor taste, not to mention totally out of line with regard to professionalism.”.
The news comes after reports that Megyn Kelly's NBC show had been canceled following her comments about blackface during a segment discussing costume controversies.
“You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween,” Kelly said. “That was OK when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a character.”
Blackface emerged in the 1800s as white performers painted their faces black to mock enslaved Africans-Americans.
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