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One KY Student Unapologetically Shares His Thoughts On Racism… Leaving White Peers Speechless

An English student’s comparison between the Ku Klux Klan and police officers of our generation, in a recent school assignment, has literally turned one Kentucky high school upside down and brought about a continuous debate in regards to social injustice, according to WLKY reports.

The Honors English teacher of North Oldham High School in Oldham County requested that her students read ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, a famous book by Harper Lee and then draw a picture that shows their perception of social injustice. The teacher then decided to hang all of her students’ portraits from last year’s class so that the current students would be able to grasp a better idea of what the class project was all about.

Many of the class examples were obviously focused around racism and oppression, including one image that depicted an encounter from both the 1930’s and the year 2015. The image of the portrait above shows a Ku Klux Klan member executing a black man, who appeared blindfolded, comparing that image to a contemporary image of a police officer pointing a gun at a black child.

“I do think it’s a little dramatic, and right now it is a very touching time to have something like that come up,” David Byrd, a resident of Oldham county said.

Some parents of the school wanted the picture to be removed from the classroom, saying that it was offensive to their white students.

“They risk their lives for this job and our communities. Cops aren’t killers they defend our safety. That’s my opinion about it,” Byrd.

Tracy Green, the communications director for Oldham County Schools, told reporters that this particular assignment was only meant for students to start a class conversation about injustice, no matter how controversial it could have been. She’d also left the decision to take the picture down up to the teacher.

The image is still hanging in the classroom.

“We believe that our role as educators is to prepare our kids for the world beyond the classroom, and sometimes things are going to be controversial,” communications director for Oldham County Schools, Tracy Green, said.

“We support what they do every day and we’re so thankful for everything they do to keep our students safe, but we also hope that they understand the dialogue that we’re trying to have in the classroom to prepare these kids for the world outside of school,” Green said.

Green doesn’t believe that the image is an attack on law enforcement.

So, what are your thoughts on this powerful image of injustice? Are white people just being a little too sensitive to the truth.

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Comment by El-Bull on February 29, 2016 at 6:28pm

Offensive to white students? What about the reality Black students live with everyday?.......they always want to sweep racism under the carpet and deny it exists....."..They risk their lives for this job and our communities. Cops aren’t killers they defend our safety. That’s my opinion about it,” Byrd." YEA WHITE COMMUNITIES WHILE OPPRESSING BLACK COMMUNITIES

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