These are just snapshots of a bigger picture: Too many educators, coaches and adults in our schools do not see all students as full human beings worthy of equitable treatment. It’s sad enough to witness how this failure translates into social media posts and abuses of power. But it’s even more unfortunate to realize how much of this prejudice remains unreported. The effects of this attitude on teaching practices, school climate and district policies may be quieter, but it’s equally detrimental to our nation’s students.
[O]n Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students in Hurricane, Utah, shared an image of a student in a noose, captioned, “happy national [n-word] day.”In South Carolina, a group of girls celebrated the holiday by donning blackface on Snapchat. A student in Charleston, West Virginia, drew a black person hanging from a tree.In Massachusetts, a student declared, “[B]lack lives don’t matter; they should be picking my cotton” and that “any queer, any black person, that’s a piece of s—.”