Alabama teacher busted for assigning 'math test' based on 30-year-old racist meme

A middle school teacher in Mobile, Alabama was placed on leave for the remainder of the school year after a student revealed their use of a "math test" replete with racist stereotypes, AL.com reported on Tuesday.


The unidentified teacher assigned their class at Burns Middle School a version of a document known online as the "L.A. Math Proficiency Test." It first came to light after WALA-TV reported that one student took a picture of the assignment, then showed it to his mother, Erica Hall.

Hall then raised the issue with Burns officials. WALA posted a screenshot of the assignment, which can be seen below:

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The version of the "test" spotted at Burns was nearly identical to the one distributed online, with only minor changes to differentiate it. For example, one question stated:

Leroy has 2 ounces of cocaine and he sells an 8-ball to Antonio for $320 and 2 grams to Juan for $85 per gram. What is the street value of the rest of his hold?

According to Snopes, the original "math test" has been spotted online since the mid 1990s, and was allegedly available in hard copy form since the 1980s. The questions revolve around topics like drug dealing, "pimping," and drive-by shootings.

"Its humor is obvious: it simultaneously deplores the state of education in large urban centers and furthers the myth that teens from such regions are thoroughly steeped in a drugs, guns, gangs, and promiscuity culture by asserting that even the math questions directed towards them have to be framed in that context to be relevant to their lives," Scopes noted.