It’s the end of the school year, and pretty much everyone has checked out: parents are over the entire routine, to say nothing of kids who are counting down the days until the routine of waking up early and rushing out the door is over for a few blissful months. Even teachers are at about the end of what they can take, and with testing all but over around the country, it isn’t uncommon for everyone to take it easy and try to inject a little fun into the last few days or weeks of school.
One teacher in Mobile, Alabama, however, seems to have confused “fun” with “wildly inappropriate ancient racist internet memes,” because they gave a group of 6th graders a joke math test long past its expiration date and peppered with inappropriate questions about gangs and prostitution. A test with questions like:
“Ramón has an AK-47 with an 80-round clip. If he misses 6 out of 10 shots and shoots 13 times at each drive-by shooting, how many drive-by shootings can Ramón attempt before he has to steal enough ammunition and reload?”
Other questions on the “math test,” which was given to 6th grade students during a language arts class included asking how many hos does one have to pimp in order to support a crack habit, as well as a real gem of a question about cutting cocaine.
One of the students snapped a picture of the test and texted it to his mother, who went to school to find out how such an obvious poor judgement call could have been made in the first place:
The test might be jarring if you’ve never seen it before, but chances are very high that you have. It’s long been a favorite on casually racist internet message boards since the early days of the internet, with versions of it being changed and passed around since the 1990s online. Snopes, which has a similar version of the “LA Math Test,” points out that it’s been floating around since even before that, namely since the ’80s.
Besides being a gross piece of racist garbage masquerading as humor (or satire, if you’re feeling generous, which we’re not), this isn’t even the first time a teacher has gotten in trouble for distributing it to kids. It certainly makes sense, because if you’ve got the sort of underdeveloped sense of humor that leads you to believe that finding the percentage of how many girls in Tyrone’s gang have been knocked up by Tyrone himself, you would clearly want to share that with your juvenile peers.
People have certainly been doing it for long enough. This Burns Middle School teacher, who has been placed on administrative leave, will join the sacred annals of other casually racist jerkholes in states like New Mexico, Texas and California, who were also fired or suspended for distributing it since as far back as 1993.
Maybe the idea that someone who thinks jokes about pimping and drive-by shootings (perpetrated by people with Hispanic and African-American names, because its funnier that way) are great subject matter for pre-teens isn’t disturbing enough for you. So, how about the idea of someone with judgement so poor that they couldn’t even do a little of their own homework to find out exactly how much trouble they’d be in for doing something that has proven over and over again to be dumb and worthy of discipline?
However you do the math, this little stunt was beyond sucky, and we hope that the consequences might just be enough to stop the next idiot who passes around old racist internet memes to kids for fun.