There was an episode of MADE on MTV today dealing with a young lady named Emma who is a senior in high school. She wanted to be "made" into a rapper to help express her feelings about being bullied for the last 2 years but it stirred up some in the African American community. Discussion happened in the African American Humanities class and when she went to talk to the teacher about it to hear her perspective. The teacher basically told her she didn't think it was a good idea b/c Emma was just dipping her toes in the African American culture and she needs to know that rap came from Africa. She then made the comment "We know you [the white community] don't like us." Do you think the teacher was out of line for saying that to a student? Emma tried to prepare herself to speak to the humanities class about her pursuit but the teacher caught her off guard by having the students write questions ahead of time to ask so she got really upset b/c she didn't feel she was able to say her thoughts and instead was having to answer a lot of questions and defend herself. I do think she made some comments that weren't the best simply b/c she was blindsided. She also got a lot of hateful Facebook posts stating that she was a racist b/c she was white trying to rap. Do you find race to be a big issue in HS with students and teachers? (I teach elementary school and we don't have those challenges so I genuinely don't know.) I was a little taken aback by the teachers attitude towards her. Kids can be unkind to each other, but I found her as a teacher to be unkind and unhelpful when it was not necessary.