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Trump Refuses To Give Out Teacher Of The Year Award, Guess Why

For the first time since Harry Truman started doing it in 1952, the President of the United States is declining to present the Teacher of the Year award at the annual ceremony. In fact, Trump is skipping the ceremony altogether. Last year, Trump even admitted to the tradition himself, saying: “Every President since Harry Truman has honored the National Teacher of the Year, and I’m proud to continue this tradition with this year’s recipient.”

Of course, the 2018 winner looked a bit different from this year’s winner.

Yes, 2019’s Teacher of the Year is Rodney Robinson, a black man.

Now, Donald Trump hasn’t said explicitly that he’s breaking this 67-year tradition because the recipient is a black man and Trump is a racist butthole. But he was happy to do it in both 2017 and 2018 when the winners were white women in spite of his general animosity toward teachers. So you’ll excuse people if they’re a wee bit suspicious.

Instead of the President, Robinson will be presented the award by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos – perhaps the only person in the White House who seems to hate teachers more than Trump does. DeVos has been especially brutal on low-income schools, teachers, and students, who are disproportionately black and Latinx.

Another interesting tidbit is the fact that Robinson pursued teaching specifically to honor his mother, who was denied a good education due to poverty and racism. He then chose to teach at a school within a juvenile detention center in order to study the school-to-prison pipeline that puts so many black kids on the fast-track to a life in the prison system. As it turns out, he’s an amazing teacher and deserves all the awards.

He also deserves to be honored by someone who isn’t terrible. Some are urging former President Barack Obama to step in to present the award or at least give Robinson his personal congratulations.

Others are simply (and justifiably) pissed off.

Congratulations to Mr. Robinson for his essential work in taking down the racist school-to-prison pipeline that is denying so many children their right to a quality education and future. Hopefully, he’ll receive plenty of recognition from the kind of people who actually deserve to be in the presence of such an incredible educator.