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The second-grader who made headlines for coming to school in blackface for a school assignment wants an apology. Sean King, a white student at Colorado’s Meridian Ranch Elementary, plastered dark makeup on his face to portray Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., after deeming his efforts offensive, the boy was asked to remove the face paint. Now the 8-year-old has decided that he was treated unfairly.

According to King, school officials were “mean” to both he and his family in wake of the incident.  “They were really negative to me,” he told local station KRDO. He also said he did not understand why other children were allowed to keep on their makeup, yet he was not. “They thought it was inappropriate and it will be disrespectful to black people and I say it’s not,” he added.  “I like black people. It’s just a costume and I don’t want to insult anybody.”

Judging by his ability to articulate his feelings at such a young age, one would imagine that his parents would have explained the inappropriateness of  blackface, but in an effort to rectify the matter, school officials are now considering implementing a course on racial sensitivity.



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Photo: KRDO