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'No food, no drinks, no watermelon': Boston Museum apologizes to group of black schoolchildren for staff members' shocking racist behavior

Boston Fine Arts Museum apologizes to group of black schoolchildren for racist behavior

  • Teacher Marvelyne Lamy said her students were 'racially profiled' during a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston last week
  • The class, Lamy said, was made up entirely by black students and other ethnicities - there were no white students in her tour group
  • Both she and the students became so uncomfortable they abruptly ended the outing and posted of the experience on Facebook
  • The museum finally responded in a letter to the school which was published to its website on Wednesday 
  • Boston's Museum of Fine Art took full responsibility for the incident and said it 'deeply regrets any interactions that led to this outcome'

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has issued a public apology after a middle school teacher took to social media to claim her students had been subjected to racial abuse during a field trip last week.

Marvelyne Lamy, who teaches the seventh grade at the Davis Leadership Academy in Dorchester, Massachusetts, said that her students had been ‘racially profiled’ during an excursion to the museum on May 14.

The class, Lamy said, was made up entirely by black students and teens of other ethnicities. There were no white students in her tour group.

Teacher Marvelyne Lamy said her students were 'racially profiled' during a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston last week

Teacher Marvelyne Lamy said her students were 'racially profiled' during a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston last week

The class, Lamy said, was made up entirely by black students and other ethnicities. There were no white students in her tour group

The class, Lamy said, was made up entirely by black students and other ethnicities. There were no white students in her tour group 

Why is watermelon a racial slur? 

The stereotype that African-Americans are obsessed with watermelons originated from the conclusion of the Civil War and the subsequent emancipation of slaves.

Upon obtaining their freedom, black Americans grew, ate, and sold watermelons – making the fruit a symbol of their freedom.

Threatened by their sudden liberty, white Americans responded by making the fruit a symbol of their black people’s perceived laziness, uncleanliness, and unwanted public presence at the time.

The racist trope then exploded into popular culture, obscuring its historical origins.

Boston's Museum of Fine Art (above) took full responsibility for the incident and said they 'deeply regret any interactions that led to this outcome'

The museum responded in a letter to the school which was published to their website on Wednesday

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Comment by elinor goddard on May 29, 2019 at 9:20pm
Wake up and stay woke. Everyone knows that Boston has been and always will be racist . So what else is new .people needs to do their research on different groups of people and dig deep of how they were all treated do the foot work . And support our own and we will be better off . It's a new day
Comment by Mr. Johnson on May 27, 2019 at 5:41pm
Boston is racist. Duh.
Comment by Boanerges on May 27, 2019 at 4:38pm

Stop trying to be included go to a African american museum and feel the difference, enough of the we should have equal seats at the table f*** em and build your own table.  Segregation was a good crackers realized they were going to lose economically if they didn't. This why its essential to create your own and support your own who support separation.  Should you have to do this of course not but this is the reality. 

Comment by caribmama on May 25, 2019 at 11:26pm

If most of this art was created by African descendants, there descendants or estate should remove the artwork from institutes that discriminate. We need to put our art in museums that are open to all. Boston is racist all around. Ask the ball players how they couldn't go out after dark. They have the nerve to discriminate against anyone who is of Irish descendants. I can pull up plenty of history of how their people where treated when they came to this country. People love to forget stuff like this. Asians forge that during war times they were put into detention camps like they do to the immigrants coming over the boarder now. PEOPLE LOVE TO FORGET WHAT THIS COUNTRY DID TO THEIR ANCESTORS!

Comment by rafael monzon on May 25, 2019 at 10:35pm

@carimama most of the art in white museums is art created by African descent that was stolen and placed on display. 

Comment by KI on May 25, 2019 at 8:29pm

This is were some nice entrepreneur would gift this teacher and class who were discriminated against with a trip to The National Museum of African American History and Culture, in DC. Sad though that should be subjected to that. Shameful.  

Comment by lynz on May 25, 2019 at 6:41am

Ain’t nothing shocking about this. What’s shocking is us still putting ourselves out there, giving these pigs opportunity to harm us. 

Comment by naina singhal on May 25, 2019 at 4:06am

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Comment by vaughn mitchell on May 24, 2019 at 8:39pm
Visit our own museum.
Comment by hayu2u2 on May 24, 2019 at 6:48pm

Boycott that f****** place and let people from other nations know not to go there spread the word!!!!!

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