NSCC Responds To Complaint Of Racist Decoration

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 11:51 AM

The Nova Scotia Community College has apologized for a racist, stereotype image on a classroom door at Burridge Campus in Yarmouth.

The life-sized image was placed on an Early Childhood Education classroom door for about a week.

It depicted a black woman dressed provocatively, with a coffee and a cigarette in one hand and a baby in the other arm with the caption “How not to ECE.”

A complaint was lodged and the NSCC responded in a statement issued yesterday, calling it unacceptable.

Burridge Principal Mary Thompson tells Acadia News they are taking the matter very seriously.

"We are in the midst of an active investigation. The idea that this was in our learning environment, we're actively investigating under our Respectful Workplace And Learning Environment Policy. Once we complete that investigation, we'll determine next steps."

Thompson says there;s some talk that students in the ECE class have been suspended. She says that is absolutely not true.

"We are providing alternative learning methods so that the time away from the classroom during this this week doesn't impact their program. For this week we have modified the schedule for the remainder of the week, cancelling face-to face classes but welcoming our students to work on their projects and studies both on campus and on our online learning platform."

In an email to our newsroom, a parent of a student in the ECE class says it was in no way intended to be racist.

She said as soon as this was brought to the class's attention the poster was taken down.

The parent asked to remain anonymous.

(Acadia News file photo)