Students at a Michigan high school are looking at consequences after a racist video was shared on social media, sparking outrage in the community.
The video displays several Grosse Pointe South High School students sitting on a couch, talking about black folks in racist and offensive terms. They propose that if one of them were to become president in 2040, they could “segregate” black folks into certain states, send them “back to Africa” or even “burn them on sticks.”
One student also references enslaving black folks and trading them for alcohol.
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In an email to students, parents and teachers on Wednesday, school principal Moussa Hamka referred to the video as “deplorable,” and stated it was a violation of the school code of conduct, based on The Detroit Free Press.
“Unfortunately, over the weekend a handful of Grosse Pointe teens, including three South students, chose to record a video that included offensive, racist statements regarding African Americans,” Hamka wrote. “Immediately after being made aware of the situation, South administration began contacting students and families (and) making appropriate decisions regarding consequences for those involved, including student separations from school.”
The email stated that a majority of students “do not accept and will not tolerate such bigotry.”
Grosse Pointe senior Melba Dearing, who is black, stated she was upset by the video.
“They looked like they were drunk, but that’s no excuse,” she explained to the Free Press.
It is the second racist social media post to come out of the school in the past three months. In March, six students were suspended for five days for publishing a photo showing them spell out the “N” word across their stomachs, WXYZ-TV reported.
Grosse Pointe-Harper Woods NAACP chapter president Greg Bowens stated the latest occurrence exhibits that combating racism in the community will take time.
“At the same time, we are resolute in our belief that there is good that can come from this and that these young people can learn an important lesson about treating people right,” Bowens told The Detroit News. “The reality is, we have to treat each other with dignity and respect.”
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