How can we possibly blame the Principal of Desert Vista High School for six of her students posing for a group photo wearing shirts which spelled out a racial slur? Yes it happened on school grounds, but is she really the one responsible for the girls terrible choice?
Are we so quick to want someone to pay a price for injustice that we start swinging away at whoever seems to be in charge?
Almost 50,000 people have signed this petition that requests the principal be fired. It also states that they don’t believe that 5 days suspension is enough for the girls and they want them expelled. Why let these girls stay at home and hide though? I would’ve wanted my daughter right back in that school to have to deal with her peers. Why not make the girls face what they’ve done instead of hide them away at home?
In today’s racially charged society people need to blame someone when they feel injustice. They start petitions, hold rallies and cause a national uproar all in the hopes of bringing change and justice to the situation. The problem is we are going at this all wrong.
What we do need to focus on is how this happened in the first place. What is, or is not going on, in the homes of these girls that they felt confidant in using the N-word while posing for this photo?
Let’s place the ownership back where it belongs- on the individuals. I hear one of them has lost her soccer college scholarship, with another one possibly following in her footsteps. That’s huge, life altering stuff people. Rest assured these seniors are paying a price for their actions, so we don’t need to worry about their punishment. This episode will haunt them for a long time.
These girls are underage, so why aren’t we questioning the people who are raising them? Where are you parents? I hope you are seriously thinking through how you may have contributed to your child’s lapse of good judgement.
The “R” in the viral photo came forward and offered a public apology on Monday. Mom was right there by her side clutching her arm. I would’ve had a hard time not grabbing that microphone and sobbing my sincere apologies for my daughter’s ignorance and begging for forgiveness. I believe our children should be held accountable for their own actions, but I would accept my role in raising a daughter with obvious white privilege.
Let’s not blame the principal though. The Principal doesn’t have it easy running a large public high school as it is. Let’s do turn our eyes to the parents and the home environments where kids are being raised to feel entitled without empathy and regard for others. This is where the problem lies and if we want to see real change in our society then let’s start with our own homes and what we are modeling to our kids.