NYC mom enraged by teacher playing rap videos during Zoom economics class


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A Queens mom working at home was outraged to discover that her son’s Zoom economics class at a Brooklyn high school consisted of rap videos featuring drug deals, prostitutes and vulgar language, including the N-word.

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Deyate Hagood, a teacher at A-TECH High School.
Deyate Hagood, a social studies teacher at A-TECH High School. Kevin C. Downs


"Money, Power, Respect" by The Lox was one of the songs played in Hagood's class.
“Money, Power, Respect” by The Lox was one of the songs played in Hagood’s class.

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Hagood also played the Wu-Tang Clan song “C.R.E.A.M,” in his class.
Hagood also played the Wu-Tang Clan song “C.R.E.A.M,” in his class. A-TECH principal Neil Harris did not answer an email seeking comment. Hagood did not return a message. DOE spokeswoman Katie O’Hanlon said, “Two iconic songs were used as part of a 12th-grade lesson about economics, and the teacher provided appropriate context prior to streaming them.” O’Hanlon would not explain the purpose of the lesson or the videos. She claimed the school had received no complaints from students or parents — despite the Queens mom complaining directly to Hagood. The mom, who describes herself as Latina and whose son is also of Irish descent, could not say whether the teacher used the videos to appeal to students of color. “I don’t think it matters what color you are,”


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