Students Asked to Dress ‘African American’ or as Safari Animals for Black History Day
Western Union Elementary School students in Waxhaw, North Carolina spent much of February studying Black History. The entire learning cycle was capped off with a Black History Day celebration on February 28.
Black History Day at WUES was marked by speakers from 8-10 AM, and the traditional wearing of “African American attire” by students.
But wait, wait, wait. Before you freak out, give school officials the benefit of the doubt here. Students who didn’t own any “African American attire” were still able to participate! They just had to dress as wild animals native to Africa.
What’s the point of celebrating – or hell, even learning about – diversity if school administrators are unable to ascertain the difference between Black, African American, and African? Or for that matter, the difference between black people and African animals?
Stay classy, North Carolina.
***Update: We’re totally on the news in Charlotte, NC for bringing this to attention.
***Update: We got a cranky email from someone who wants credit for the image. She can have it, I guess? For the record, the image was emailed to us yesterday (with no further information) from a closeted reader who didn’t want to be credited by a gay blog.
***One last update. We made up. A happy ending! Except for, you know, the fact that there are all of those people out there that still don’t understand the difference between ethnicity, culture and wild animals.