A Wisconsin high school student got a lesson in public outrage Monday, after he made a presentation to his English class wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. The garb worn by the unnamed student at Westosha Central High School in Salem was meant to lend historical accuracy to the presentation. But it created an uproar after photos were posted on social media on Monday, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. One image was retweeted more than 100 times. Photos showed the student wearing a white sheet with holes cut out for the eyes and nose. A screen behind the student displays the words “Crime in the 1920s.” The incident going viral angered parents and students, leading Westosha Central principal Lisa Albrecht to respond. “As any of you would be, I was appalled by the photo,” Albrecht said in a statement. The school also responded Monday with a Facebook post that has since been removed for reasons that were not immediately clear. One student in the class told the Journal-Sentinel that their 11th grade honors English class had been reading “The Great Gatsby” and that they were given an assignment to research topics related to the 1920s. The student at the center of the controversy had focused his assignment on crime during the era, but reportedly did not detail Klan activity as part of his presentation. “There was only a student teacher in the room at the time and she never told him to take it off, however she did talk to him after class,” the student told the newspaper. It was not known if the student faces disciplinary action.
Let’s hope not! The Klan had a membership of around 4-5 million in the 1920s, and included many prominent businessmen, as well as politicians…including a few governors. And, while maybe not very well coordinated, or thought through, the kid was st least trying to add some historical accuracy to the presentation. So, kudos to him for his efforts. There is no reason to discipline him whatsoever. It is this self-righteous, cowardly principal that should be admonished for caving to the pressures of political correctness, and throwing the poor kid under the bus like that. The Klan was a very large organization in the 1920s. That’s just historical fact. People need to get over it. Unreal..
The writing is on the wall when it comes to the University of Wisconsin’s stance on “anti-racist” graffiti, but some students and faculty reportedly sided with the alleged vandal instead of the law. Campus police last week capped a six-month investigation into a wave of graffiti, arresting a senior as he sat in Afro-American Studies class at the Madison campus. The messages he allegedly spray-painted around campus, which included “F— the Police,” cost $4,000 to clean up, according to police. “Graffiti is criminal vandalism and we act on these crimes regardless of the content,” said campus Police Chief Susan Riseling. The police chief did apologize for disruption caused by the arrest of Denzel McDonald, but said in a statement that efforts to apprehend him outside of class were unsuccessful and that officers did not realize class had begun. But McDonald’s supporters on campus were upset that he was arrested at all, according to Inside Higher Ed. “The university is more interested in protecting the symbols of UW as a progressive institution, like their buildings and (mascot) Bucky, rather than the students who are actually fighting for social change, and apparently their lives,” Professor Johanna Almiron, whose class was interrupted by the arrest, said in a letter of protest signed by 700 students and faculty. “The way UWPD officers entered my class was very aggressive, with bulletproof vests and guns visible. I cannot believe they humiliated and terrified my students.” The 11 messages McDonald allegedly spray painted around campus also included, “Racizm in the air. Don’t breathe,-God” and “White supremacy is a disease.” McDonald was subsequently arrested on 11 preliminary counts of vandalism and one count of disorderly conduct, for allegedly threatening to kill someone who saw him painting the graffiti. Prosecutors have not yet formally charged McDonald, who has been released on bail. Almiron and other faculty members have asked that McDonald be “given immunity from expulsion,” and called the police response to the graffiti overzealous.
Hardly. This punk should be charged for all his acts of vandalism, and in addition to whatever penalty or jail time he receives for those charges, he should be forced to pay back the cost ($4K) of cleaning up his crap. Then, the Univ. of WI should expel him. The cops did their job, and have nothing to apologize for. In addition, this namby-pamby professor should be disciplined for her lack of professionalism (i.e.signing some silly petition and standing up for this kid’s criminal mischief, etc.). It is NOT about what the kid’s message was at all. It was about his criminal activity. Period.