A 13-year-old African-American girl recorded a group of students chanting a racial slur on September 20 while on a school bus, The Washington Post reports.
They chanted: “One, two, three, four, how many n***ers are in my store?” It comes from a 2013 video about racial profiling posted to Vine, in which four teenage African-American males are closely watched by a convenience store clerk who suspects them of attempting to shoplift.
The Rockville, Maryland, middle school student showed the video clip to her parents, who were outraged. Her family wrote in social media posts that their daughter encountered racism for the first time and attached the clip, which exceeded 200,000 views by the next day, The Post said.
“Now we are being forced to choose (quality education or torment),” the girl’s father, Brandon Long, wrote. “These children on this bus have learned this behavior from home. . . . Within their homes lie our judges, lawyers, doctors, and police officers.”
Montgomery County Public Schools pointed out that the students chanting on the bus were racially diverse, which included a Black student. School district officials don’t believe the chant was directed at anyone, and was probably not intended to harass anyone. Nevertheless, the students involved will be disciplined, they’ve said.
Robert Frost Middle School Principal Joey Jones, who is African-American, addressed the matter in an open letter to parents:
“This behavior is both offensive and inappropriate and does not reflect the positive values of our students and the school community. While this experience has been upsetting, we will use this as a teachable moment for our community.”
Long told The Post he hopes the students involved learn a lesson, adding it’s important to discuss racism openly and honestly. He noted many of the students at his daughter’s school will likely become tomorrow’s “influential professionals” and public policy decision makers.
He stated to the newspaper that his daughter understands the racial tensions that have swept across the nation over the past two years.
At the same time, there’s a sense that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s insulting remarks about people of color have enabled racists to come out of the closet — creating an environment where many feel that it’s OK to spew hatred.
A report says teachers are pointing a guilty finger at Trump for a sudden increase in uncivilized behavior in their classrooms.
More than 2,000 teachers participated in the survey titled “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on our Nation’s Schools,” conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The educators’ responses revealed two trends: bullying of minority students and fear among bullying targets about what would happen if Trump wins the White House.
SOURCE: Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter
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