Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

School changes policies over a photo

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Union Academy, a charter school in North Carolina, has decided to change its policies  regarding racism and diversity after three white students attempted to put a picture of the KKK in a black student’s locker. They were stopped when students and eventually faculty members intervened and ended up punishing the students. The punishments included a 1 and a half day in-school suspension as well as two four-hour long Saturday detentions which would include an educational component on race relations. After a reaction from the student’s father who thought the punishment was too light, the school also worked to incorporate a plan to teach race relations more explicitly to their students as well as offer electives dealing with race issues for their older students.

I think this school is taking the right steps in attempting to assure that this sort of incident does not happen again. I feel as though many other schools do not need an incident of their own to happen and they can follow the example set forth by Union Academy. It is very unfortunate that this sort of event needed to happen for the school to open its eyes to the race issues they needed to deal with but hopefully,with the implementation of this new program, they can eliminate these sort of events from occurring again. Students need to be educated thoroughly on the issues that plagued this country since the beginning of our formation and the issues that still plague most of the world.


Written by mvmia16

March 29, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I feel that if more schools implemented a program similar to the one at Union Academy race would not be such a huge issue in our society in the future. If future generations were more educated about race relations and why its raised such controversyin our generation then race might not be such a huge problem in the future.


    March 31, 2010 at 9:15 pm

  2. I believe that every school should discuss race relations in America more in depth than just learning about the Civil Rights Movement. Students should understand what is going on now so that maybe they can appreciate and want to have diverse schools. If you are unaware of the circumstances than you are less invested in equality for all people and disconnected from the issues.


    April 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm

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