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Ku Klux Klan robes in class?

A Las Vegas teacher has received backlash from parents and the community for allowing students to dress in KKK robes and hoods for a U.S. history class presentation.

The teacher, who has remained unnamed, assigned students to write a paper, perform a skit or recite a first-person narrative to show their knowledge of American history. The educator gave permission for two juniors to wear KKK garments, but after one student wore the costume outside of the classroom, he was photographed and the image spread online.

In response to letters of concern from parents, principal Scott Walker issued an apology by letter.

“While the presentation was designed to highlight the atrocities committed by the Klan, and there was no intention to harm or offend on the part of the students, it was in poor judgment and inappropriate for students to go to such lengths to convey their message,” he wrote. “We are deeply sorry for the offensive incident and appreciate your support and cooperation as we use these events as teachable moments about cultural and historical understanding.”

The teacher was not disciplined, but according to the Las Vegas Sun, was reminded to notify the school of “potentially controversial lessons.” Two years ago, a Georgia teacher did the same thing and she was put on administrative leave because the incident upset some of the Black students.

Do you think this Las Vegas teacher went too far? If so, should the teacher be punished for poor judgment?

  • Kay

    You know, some people may think it’s harmless because we are so far removed from the experiences that shaped those events we may not even feel anything about it. I used to think that, until I read about a woman who after being vocal about her husband’s lynching was taken by the KKK in the middle of the night. Her husband’s only crime had been to open up a store in a black area and become competition for the over priced White owned stores for Black dollars. Mind you, this woman was EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT. They tied her up, beat her, hung up on a tree, lit her on fire, and when she still wasn’t dead, they took an axe, and opened her belly. Her baby FELL OUT, cried, and was stomped to death by several of those men there that night.

    Reading things like that made me understand the horrors of slavery, lynching and discrimination. And I didn’t need to put on a Klan robe for that.

  • 33sha

    Poor judgement on the teachers part. Such ‘costumes’ are hurtful and speak hate. Would it be okay for a child to dress in full Nazi regalia? And what was the skit they performed dressed up like that?!

    A power point presentation, with appropriate trigger warnings would have been okay- a skit with kids dressed in klan hoods is at the very least insensitive, and at the worst portraying racist messages.

  • Kenisha

    Seriously? Whats the big deal who cares. It’s history. People need to chill.

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