(Update: I forgot to give this a regular title and just corrected that.)
While walking across the gym floor to find a seat, a student wearing a white hood with holes for eyes was jumping around. When his friends saw that I had noticed they began pointing and laughing. I immediately demanded that he remove the hood. He then approached me and began dancing in my face and taunting me. I snatch the hood and threw it behind me and his crowd of friends became very displeased with this. I found a seat, finally, and sat down next to a friend. She, her sister and her friend all asked me if I was ok. I told them I was ok, and then began to contemplate how I was going to handle the situation.
I felt numb! I had no idea that the KKK was part of my high school spirit bowl.
Wow. I have read the news reports about this and this young man’s blog. I have to say he’s got moxy. I can’t imagine how scary it would be to read the comments on his blog and wonder if he could have violent repercussions against him and his family. He’s done an important thing to bring to light how the racist behavior of some people occurs in what might be considered “normal,” daily life. It seems he’s also given a lot of us a good opportunity to review our own attitudes and actions and have family conversations about appropriate behavior and how to respond when we see someone being bullied or when bullying happens to us.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Ghandi
winner-winner, chicken dinner 🙂