This one is difficult to believe, so you’ll have to read it all for yourself. The story is in London’s Daily Mail: The black headmistress who saw lynch mob in a parent’s poster and called police. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
For a poster advertising a primary school parents’ meeting, it is certainly unusual. Using models, it depicts scientist Charles Darwin surrounded by an angry mob wielding flaming torches and makeshift weapons.
According to the school governor who created it, City executive David Moyle, it is a satirical joke about pushy middle-class parents demanding higher standards.
There’s a picture of the poster at the newspaper’s website. Let’s read on:
Yet when black headmistress Shirley Patterson saw it, she believed it represented her surrounded by white parents.
She called the police, claiming harassment. Then a council inquiry spent weeks determining the race of the Charles Darwin figure. Now Mr Moyle [who made the poster] has been suspended from the governing body of Goodrich primary school in fashionable East Dulwich, south-east London, and is considering withdrawing his two younger children.
When you see the poster, perhaps you’ll agree with us that the headmistress may be the world’s record-holder for over-reaction. We continue:
Although the police realised Darwin was white, and said no crime had been committed, Southwark council insisted it had ‘appropriately’ investigated the ‘deeply disturbing’ poster.
The Labour authority refused to reveal details of its inquiry – which involved half a dozen officers at a time when 500 jobs are set to be cut. And it will not discuss how a model of a white, bearded, Victorian scientist could be confused with a black 21st century headmistress.
The story goes on at great length, and we know you’re going to click over to the Daily Mail to see the poster, so there’s no need for additional excerpts. But we’re left with the clear impression that there’s more to this than a mistake about the race and gender of the Darwin figure in the poster. We suspect that there’s a significant creationist sub-plot. Perhaps the full story will be told one day.
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