Three Florida high school students have been suspended after they showed up on campus wearing Ku Klux Klan costumes on Thursday.
“Since our kids kneeled at the football game last week, there’s been a lot of racial tension in the community. Never would I have expected that students or even families would have taken it as far as wearing Ku Klux Klan paraphernalia to the school,” parent Dee Green reportedly said.
While some wanted to believe the outfits were ghost costumes for Wiregrass Ranch High School’s Spirit Week, it’s pretty clear that they were not.
“Usually ghosts don't have pointed hoods,” Pasco County Superintendent Kurt Browning told local reporters.
Interestingly enough, none of the three students involved were white. According to the New York Daily News, two of the unnamed students are Hispanic and the third is of Middle Eastern descent.
"The last thing we need is to have any student regardless of race dressed up in that type of costume," Browning said.
Another unidentified student was also seen wearing a Confederate flag as a cape, but was not further disciplined after being instructed to remove it.
As for the teens dressed as Klansmen, they were “disciplined in accordance with our code of conduct," which turned out to be a two-day suspension for each of them.
The community responses have mostly been sentiments of outrage and disgust, except for one parent who said he was not shocked to see this happen.
"Nothing surprises me now," parent Michael Gadson reportedly said of the incident.
Unfortunately, Gadson’s desensitized attitude speaks to the fact that macro and micro aggressions against African-Americans have become the new normal throughout this country.
In fact, racial tension, in general, has reached a level that is reminiscent of the Jim Crow era, which is exactly the time period these students evoked by wearing these offensive outfits.
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