Unapologetic racism isn’t just plaguing the White House; it’s rearing its ugly head in our schools.
A Catholic high school in Louisiana issued an apology to “anyone who was offended” after a racist Black History Month essay went viral.
St. Michael the Archangel, located in Baton Rouge, sent a letter to parents asserting that content from a student’s essay that is circulating the internet is “contrary to the teachings of the church,” Raw Story reports.
Apparently, the white student who wrote the offensive piece was displeased with the assignment.
“I’m not fully racist but I hate almost every black person,” the essay reads. “They think they run everything but in reality are an embarrassment to this country.”
The unnamed student then went on to cite the Holy Bible to justify slavery, suggesting that if God saw something wrong with the inhumane treatment, he wouldn’t have allowed it to occur.
“Think about it though,” she writes. “None of the apostles were different ethnics [sic]. They were all white. There was [sic] no black nor Hispanic [sic] mentioned really back when Jesus time was. All the stories we hear in the Bible are about like mainly white people. So since God knows everything that is going to happen than [sic] he would have done something about that.”
One would think that such a passionate writer would focus more on her grammar and spelling skills than attacking other races, but that is a separate issue, apparently.
a girl at my boyfriend's school wrote this in response to having to write an essay on black history........ y'all......... pic.twitter.com/0Wokw3ZE71— bonita gordita (@daija_kg) February 17, 2017
From there, her paper only got worse as she explained how she cannot stand by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of racial equality because black folks make her “petrified” to leave home.
“But we are supposed to give them a month right?” she asks in the essay. “When they cannot even wear pants that fit them? When they shoot cops for protecting people?”
If you’re not cringing in disgust already, her closing statements may do the trick.
“Sad to say this but maybe things would be better if they would have stayed slaves,” the student concludes. “I should not have to be scared for my life when I see them in my sight.”
“The ideas and the writings of this student, and their subsequent posting on the web, were not within the school’s control,” the school’s apology letter stated. “We look at this incident as a teachable moment and as an opportunity for education and growth for all involved, particularly through reflection on the wisdom of our Catholic faith.”
It’s unclear whether the student will face any disciplinary action as a result of distributing what can only be described as hate speech, but it's glaringly obvious that she should.
For the administration to deem this incident a “teachable moment” is quite ironic, considering that the school obviously hasn’t done an adequate job of teaching black history, culture, or religion for that matter, based on this student’s troubling misconceptions about the Bible and race.
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