The parents of a second-grader at Meridian Ranch Elementary School in Peyton, Colo. should be stoned for sending their son to school in black face. The boy, Sean King, was of course told to remove the makeup, which he wore to portray Martin Luther King Jr. for a “Wax Museum Day” project.
According to his parents, Michelle and Anthony, when they went to see their son’s presentation they were informed that the paint had to be removed. “It’s embarrassing,” Michelle said. “It’s sad for the kids and sad for Sean because he’s a very good student. He really thinks of school very highly.” While he will not be disciplined for the act, his mother believes that the school overreacted. “I think they took it farther than what it had to be.”
On the contrary, a representative for the district which houses the school wrote the incident off as “offensive” and “distracting.”
The tension behind blackface remains a sore spot in the black community, and while the boy is too young to understand the impact of his actions, he’s one of many people to wear the offensive look. Earlier this year, a cast member on MTV’s The Challenge: Battle Of The Exes donned blackface as an attempted joke. Similarly, a Brigham Young University student wore blackface around campus while quizzing other white students on their knowledge of black people
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