An Arkansas teacher is facing being fired this week after he called Michelle Obama a “chimp” in a Facebook post that many say was racist.
IB Times reported that Trent Bennett, a high school teacher in the town of Malvern, Arkansas, wrote on Facebook, “Michelle Obummer … America’s First Chimp.”
When someone challenged Bennett on this in the comments on his status, he wrote, “Just good to see that nasty chimp and her spider monkey husband gone for good.”
Bennett has since taken the status down, but the damage has already been done. The Malvern School District said that they are investigating him and that his comments were “inappropriate, insensitive, and used racially charged rhetoric.”
The local NAACP chapter has also gotten involved, calling on parents and students alike to boycott Malvern High School sporting events until he is fired.
“There is no place in an educational system for someone in a public position of authority that is willing to publicly make the comments that you are alleged to have made,” Arkansas State Conference NAACP President Rizelle Aaron said in a letter to the teacher.
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