"Am I racist? And I say yea. I don't want to be. It's not like I choose to be racist, but do I do things because of the way I was raised?" the teacher is heard saying on tape.
"You start telling someone something over and over again that's an opinion and they start taking it as fact," the student told KFOR. "So I wanted him to apologize and make it obvious and apparent to everyone that was his opinion."
Norman Public Schools released the following statement:
"Racism is an important topic that we discuss in our schools. While discussing a variety of philosophical perspectives on culture, race and ethics, a teacher was attempting to convey to students in an elective philosophy course a perspective that had been shared at a university lecture he had attended. We regret that the discussion was poorly handled. When the district was notified of this concern it was immediately addressed. We are committed to ensuring inclusiveness in our schools." - Dr. Joe Siano, superintendent of Norman Public Schools
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.