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    Posted on Jan 19, 2015

    18 Things Every White Teacher In Movies Teaching An Inner City Class Thinks

    Voltaire is really a lot like Tupac. You better get used to me putting classic literature on your level like that.

    1. Oh look, one bodega cat.

    This must be the projects.

    2. YOU CAN’T STOP ME FROM HELPING THESE KIDS, BURNT-OUT ADMINISTRATOR. JUST BECAUSE THEY DESTROYED YOU DOESN’T MEAN I CAN’T BREAK THE CYCLE.

    Oh, you're cool with it? K.

    3. Class, I know you only communicate through violence.

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    SO LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF WITH SOME WORD-KARATE.

    4. Now that I have your attention, I know the starting point is that none of you want to learn anything.

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    Even though I have zero basis for this.

    5. But what if I said books are... “like TV for your imagination?”

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    I bet nobody in your lives has ever put it that way!

    6. It is very clear that your attitude problem hides a deep vulnerability, Laquisha.

    7. Or, wait, how do you pronounce it? "Laquatie?"

    8. Oh, just KATIE.

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    Haha, oops! That explains the attitude!

    9. Anyway, none of you know how condoms work.

    Which I can tell by the distance between this school and the closest Whole Foods.

    10. So... raise your hand if you're pregnant.

    11. What about you, are you pregnant?

    12. You're pregnant, right, Laquatie?

    13. You with the sad eyes in the back, you're GOT to be pregnant.

    14. Do you guys think I can step out for 5 minutes without anyone getting pregnant?

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    I gotta run to the Teacher's Lounge and yell at my disenchanted colleagues that your lives are actually worth something.

    15. Who here plays basketball, raise your hands?

    OK, hands down. Stop dealing drugs.

    16. I’m actually kind of good at basketball. You're surprised, right?

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    We're not that different, you and I.

    17. This might sound crazy, but Shakespeare is a lot like 2Chainz.

    Sure, laugh. But think about it.

    18. This year has been so rewarding. It goes both ways.

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    I'm being totally honest when I say: You taught me as much about black people as I taught you about black people.