The principal of a Chicago high school, under the auspices of supporting racial diversity, held a black students-only event and barred white students who wanted to attend.
The “Black Lives Matter” event was held at Oak Park and River Forest High School on February 27 to cap off Black History Month. Principal Nathaniel Rouse, who is black, told the Chicago Tribune he held the event as a response to the questions he had been receiving from black students about the events that happened in Ferguson last August. According to the school, approximately 350 students attended the forum.
As reported by Western Journalism last week, there was no evidence of racism in the tragic shooting death of Michael Brown. The Department of Justice released a report finding the “Hands up; Don’t shoot” narrative propagated by social media after the shooting was false.
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Parents of white students contacted the school to voice concern that their children were excluded from the event that they wished to attend. Principal Rouse responded to those concerns by stating that he made the event blacks-only because he believed gathering students by “affinity group” created the best atmosphere for the free exchange of ideas on racial beliefs.
In a statement released by the school regarding the event, the school acknowledged:
…some students and parents expressed confusion and concern about the event being for Black students only. Information about the event lacked clarity about this aspect of the conversation, and the high school is committed to improving communications in the future.
According to the school’s website, as of last year, Oak Park and River Forest High School consisted of 55 percent white, 27 percent black, 9 percent Hispanic, 6 percent multiracial, and 3 percent Asian. Rouse says he hopes to hold similar affinity group meetings for the school’s white, Hispanic and Asian students.
h/t: The Daily Caller
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