Racist “Texters”, what a sad world

by MikeRomito on Décembre 7, 2015 - 10:44pm

This article written by Melissa Chan on October 3rd 2015 entitled “Mass. high school students suspended over racist texts mocking black class president” is about 6 students from a Massachusetts high school making racial remarks about their newly elected black senior class president. The students used many racial remarks in a group chat referring to the elected president. The students even made a petition on a website to remove him as president, the petition stated, “He shouldn’t be president, impeach him, and imagine him doing your graduation speech”. The students were suspended and School officials apologized to the student and his family and called this incident “regrettable”. The students who made these racial remarks haven’t been charged with a crime even though these comments were disturbing it doesn’t amount to a criminal offense. The school president says he will focus on being president and brush off these racist remarks and try to bring everyone together in light of these events. 

            According to the article by Jared Diamond “Race without Color”, race has nothing to do with our intellect or our physical capabilities and we know this because race has no use in our survival. The article does a good job at simply explaining the situation that occurred but I would have liked to hear more about the repercussions on the children who were making racial slurs towards the class president. Then even if we know that race has no importance in differentiating us as humans it seems to be somewhat sociably acceptable to judge people based on the color of their skin. It is very disappointing to hear of such things, that kids are behaving in racist manners and even though I believe the right measures were taken by the school to suspend the students, it is not the only solution. I believe the solution must come from society, to change the way we think and stop categorizing and labeling people by things as stupid as race.

 

            - Chan,M. (October 3rd, 2015) “Race without Color” retrieved December 7th,2015             http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/6-suspended-racist-texts-black-... president-article-1.2384015