An Alabama school teacher has been suspended from work after she gave her students a racist math test.
The quiz included math problems about guns, drugs, crime, pimps and “ho’s” but that’s not all. The subjects in the problems were given ethnic names like Raul, Juan, Ramon, Leroy and Dwayne.
The highly offensive questions were not at all appropriate for the eighth-graders taking the exam — or for any student, for that matter.
“Pedro got 6 years for murder. He also got $10,000 for the hit. If his common-law wife spends $100 of his hit money per month, how much money will be left when he gets out?” read one of the questions.
“Rufus is pimping for three girls. If the price is $65 for each trick, how many tricks will each girl have to turn so Rufus can pay for his $800-per-day crack habit?” stated another.
Rena Philips, a spokeswoman for Mobile County’s public school, said the teacher, Joanne Bolser, was placed on administrative leave after they received complaints from a parent.
Parent Erica Hall, who lodged the complaint, said her son texted her a picture of the quiz that his language art teacher handed to the class.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Hall said. “She told them that it wasn’t a joke, and they had to complete it, and turn it in.”
"I'm shocked. I don't think it's appropriate at all," said another parent, Kellie Lee.
The quiz, as it turns out, is an internet meme that has been circulating the internet since at least 1993 and is known as “The L.A. Math Proficiency Test” or “The City of Los Angeles High School Math Proficiency Exam,” according to Snopes.
“We regret that this happened, especially so close to the end of the school year,” Philips said. “We have 7,500 employees in Mobile County public schools, and the vast majority of them are doing phenomenal work in our classrooms.”
Nearly 900 students are enrolled at Burns Middle School, half of whom are black, according to state data. With racism already prevalent in schools — like teenagers dressing up as Latino “gangsters” and getting “ghetto” awards — there is no need to put it in class tests too.