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Listeners Were Moved By This Call From A Primary School Teacher About Racism
16 July 2019, 20:43
This is the inspired and humbling call between James O'Brien and a primary school teacher from Manchester which moved LBC listeners.
Omar, a primary school teacher from Manchester called in to speak to James O'Brien,
When Omar said he hears children using racist language in his class James said: "Sometimes I'm glad of my bubble."
The teacher said it was important to take on the racism and "explore it with them."
He said he sits down and explains the offended person's feelings to the child to help them emphasise.
James pointed out that Donald Trump was not a primary school child, and he should not be making comments like that on Twitter.
James asked how Omar could explain to a child why he shouldn't do something that the President of the United States was doing.
"Because, you have to be honest" Omar said, adding that he would tell the children that elected politicians are "just normal people."
LBC host James O'Brien was clearly moved by Omar's words, at one point he said: "I love you" adding that his pupils were very lucky to be taught by him.
When James asked how he dealt with criticism from parents, Omar had the perfect answer.
Watch the whole thought provoking call in the video at the top of the page.
Listeners were moved to take to social media to praise Omar:
Inspired and humbled hearing Omar, a primary teacher from Manchester, speaking to @mrjamesob on @lbc about tackling racism in the classroom. We live in a world of wise and kind souls, not just knuckle-dragging meatheads.— Ivor Wells (@IvorWells) July 16, 2019
Teachers didn't help and told me not to fight back.— Tarik Delić (@TarikDelic82) July 16, 2019
James O'Brien and Omar, thank you for all that you're doing!
Listening to Omar on @LBC talking to @mrjamesob encompassing everything that’s right about a person in these troubled times, there is hope when someone like that is in charge of young children in schools 🙏— Roger Williams (@Soulsorts) July 16, 2019