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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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