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NSCC apologizes for image it says perpetuates racial stereotypes

The NSCC says it has launched an investigation into what it's calling a 'serious issue'
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(Courtesy of Vanessa Fells/Facebook)

The NSCC has issued an apology for a life-sized image on a classroom door on its Burridge Campus which it says "perpetuates negative racial and gender stereotypes."

The image, which was shared on social media, depicts a black woman scantly dressed, with a coffee and a cigarette in one hand and a baby in the other.

It was posted on the door of an Early Childhood Education classroom and has since drawn anger and frustration toward the school itself.

Vanessa Fells, a black educator in Yarmouth Country, took to Facebook to voice her outrage.

"NSCC's all over the province need to be put on notice that we as an African Nova Scotian Community will NOT tolerate this racism or your excuses," she said.

The school has since apologized for any harm done, saying this is unacceptable.

NSCC has launched an investigation into the incident in accordance with its Respectful Workplace and Learning Environment Policy.




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