Outrageous Photo Showing Racism In School As Black Kids Are Kept Away From Their White Counterparts In A Classroom Gets Parents Enraged
Despite several government reforms, the battle against racism is nowhere close to being won. Unfounded prejudice has existed for centuries and has led to discrimination on social, professional and even political grounds.
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In the US, minority groups such as African-Americans are the major victims. Although the struggle for social equality is still very much on, there are other areas where the problem should still be addressed, and this school's story is a reminder of that.
An anonymous mother, who has chosen to remain so for her kid's safety, was waiting excitedly after she dropped her kid off at the Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in the North West. It was his first time in Grade R.
Then, surprisingly, she saw a picture on the class Whatsapp group which was shared by their teacher.
In the photo, 18 white kids were given a big desk at the center of the class, but her black kid and three of his classmates were kept at the far end of the classroom, thus wholly separating them from the rest of the class.
While speaking to Times Live, she said she was shocked to see the other white parents drop sweet messages about the picture as if nothing was wrong.
“All I saw was messages from the white parents saying 'dankie, dankie' [thank you, thank you' on the WhatsApp group] but no one was saying anything about the separation of the learners,"
The angry mother contacted another parent before approaching the school's principal. Surprisingly, the principal claimed to have had no knowledge of it.
The photo made its way to the internet, and it has caused a massive uproar, especially among fellow African-Americans who mostly have been at the receiving end such prejudice actions over time.
The photo became a reference point for activists such as Mcebo Dlamini, who believe much more has to be done to end this crime.
Investigations are still ongoing, and the school's authority is yet to give answers on the issue.
Ending racism in our societies
Several people came out to speak against the ills inflicted on those little kids, and amongst them there were white people, too.
This is proof that racism and discrimination isn't innate, but rather a choice. It is not enough to ignore racist acts.
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Discouraging them would go a long way in making a difference. Find a few ways to curb racism below.
1. Avoid racist jokes. When these jokes are made by someone else, do not show a positive response as this demonstrates approval of it.
2. Stay open-minded to individuals and groups who are different from you. The world is a big place with unique sets of people. A little bit of change from the normal shouldn't hurt you. Show support to minority groups.
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3. Caution your actions and words among people who are different from you. This is because sometimes cultures differ and someone might take offense without you being aware of causing it.
Sadly, those kids are victims of an ill thought that has plagued us for centuries. If more actions are not taken to end racism, it will only get worse. This is not something that can be achieve by a single person, as it requires a collective effort from us all.