(WJLA) — Jordan Shumate is still in a state of shock over what he says his freshman English teacher told him to do as he read a poem aloud in class.

The 14-year-old George C. Marshall High School student was asked to read Langston Hughes’ “Ballad of the Landlord.”

He says that when he read a poem in his normal voice, his teacher asked him to read it “blacker.”

He is the only African American student in the class at the Falls Church school. And he says the fact he was singled out and asked to read it “blacker” shows racial insensitivity by his teacher.

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