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Student forced to leave school after putting on blackface to dress as Martin Luther King

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posted on May, 18 2012 @ 03:57 PM
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Student forced to leave school after putting on blackface to dress as Martin Luther King Jr for class project... because the principal said it was offensive



A second grade student in Colorado was forced to leave school after he wore black face paint to dress up like Martin Luther King Jr for a class project.

Sean King and his family say the principal of Meridian Ranch Elementary in Colorado Springs asked him to remove the makeup because it was offensive. The family says the principal was acting on a complaint from the teacher.

But Sean, who is white, said he doesn't understand why anyone would get offended by his costume, which included a dark suit and a fake bushy mustache.

'I like black people. It’s just a costume and I don’t want to insult anybody.'

'When other students are offended by something, it is the principal’s role that the educational environment is safe for all students,' Stephanie Meredith, a spokeswoman for the school district, told the TV station.

Daily Mail


Kids aren't allowed to try to look like Martin Luther King Jr. for a school project?





posted on May, 18 2012 @ 04:08 PM
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Wow.
Yeah.
Did no one think that was in poor taste?

The parents should of been like.
Great idea son but let's do something else.
edit on 18-5-2012 by grey580 because: (no reason given)



posted on May, 18 2012 @ 04:16 PM
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Originally posted by ollncasino
'I like black people. It’s just a costume and I don’t want to insult anybody.'



The kid has just learned a valuable life lesson.
ANYTHING a white person does regarding race (or muslims) will always be 100 percent guaranteed to be taken as "offensive", even when no offense was intended. Even was tribute and honor was intended.
And even when the recipient says its perfectly all right.

Its better he learns this now rather than lose his job later on in life.



posted on May, 18 2012 @ 04:19 PM
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Hold up now...


With whites now being the minority, how is this offensive..?


How can a minority discriminate..?



edit on 18-5-2012 by facelift because: take out 'racially'



posted on May, 18 2012 @ 04:21 PM
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www.cnn.com...#/video/bestoftv/2012/05/18/hln-bts-bert-weiss-int-black-face-ali.hln

Here's a story about a kid dressing up as Muhammad Ali and getting into trouble for it too. I've not watched the first video yet but did these two stories take place on the same day or are they both now just making .lines?



posted on May, 18 2012 @ 04:21 PM
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If the kid had gotten up and given a David Duke speech, I could have seen the reason for the uproar.

Could he have chosen a better costume? Sure, but i don't think the kid did it to be disrespectful.



posted on May, 18 2012 @ 04:26 PM
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This kid has a bid waiting for him at my school. Brilliant



posted on May, 18 2012 @ 04:38 PM
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Sadly we live in an intolerant society.

We had a similar issue at a school event held for the parents one evening, one of the staff wanted to emulate their idol, one member of the audience (a white parent) took offence, which led to a riddiculous number of people apologising (the guy included) to the guy who took umbridge.

Rightly or wrongly we have history, with the oppression of black people most noticable. However as the human race collectively, we strive to be equal all things considered.

But for all to be considered truely equal, we have to move past the point of being intolerant, by this I mean, not trying to over-analyse, to sometimes look at things in the context they are presented.

It is the over-sensitive in this world who are holding back our progress, those who fail to look beyond the past, and see the future, are who best represent the measure of our success,unfortunately on present performance we are failing.



posted on May, 18 2012 @ 04:45 PM
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He didn't have the exaggerated lips and I'm sure he wasn't "shuck and jive'n"
I guess there is no need to confront or discuss 50 year old racial issues. Just stamp them with being intolerant and sweep them under the rug.



posted on May, 18 2012 @ 04:52 PM
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That kid has got whole lot of character for a 2nd grader! At least he's being raised right. He was well inentioned but society isn't ready yet.



posted on May, 18 2012 @ 04:58 PM
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Poor kid doesn't even realize he has more intelligence than most of the people he's showing his school project to... They want you to be a little robot reading off of a piece of paper you printed off the internet, this kid deserves an A++ for going the extra mile.... MLK is rolling in his grave right now I bet, not exactly the future he envisioned I'm sure.....




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