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Residents upset over hiring of white teacher for cultural studies classes

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FRESNO, Calif. -

The Fresno Unified School District has caused quite the stir after a Caucasian teacher was hired to teach African-American and Latino studies.

Community members gathered outside of Gaston Middle School on Monday to voice their displeasure over the teacher hired to teach cultural studies.

"What we wanted was this new curriculum and for someone of our descent to teach this class,” said community advocate Rev. Karen Crozier.

Members of the group say they spent years campaigning for a new school and the new curriculum, but the district moved forward with the hiring despite them not feeling they hired the right teacher.

"She said they had an African-American candidate, but the white candidate had a master's degree, and so in their mind, that made him more qualified for this particular position,” said Rev. Crozier.

The district says that it chose a teacher with the best experience and that it stands by its hire.

"We choose the teacher with the best experience, the best certification and the best fit for each position,” said Fresno Unified School District spokesperson Micheline Golden. “The teacher that was hired to teach cultural studies at Gaston has spent four years teaching African-American studies, the last ten years teaching Latino studies."

The group says the district should have chosen someone who can identify with students.

"It goes beyond the textbook,” said Mai Summer Vue, a community advocate and teacher. “In order for one to really convey the messages and teach the real lessons, the authentic lesson to our students, it has to be someone who lives it and who has been there."

Fresno Unified says the new instructor is one of four teachers in the district qualified to teach the courses.

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