PHOENIX, AZ — For the past day, a story has gone viral which has raised eyebrows and concerns of many. Desert Vista High School, prominent educational institution located in Arizona’s largest city (and state capital), has been under well-deserved scrutiny because of a leaked photo which featured six white female students of the school posing in shirts–with one letter on each shirt that spelled the word “nigger” with the students standing side-by-side.
While the story itself is national news, perhaps a more subtle detail of the ordeal is that ABC15 Arizona–the Phoenix affiliate for the ABC network–has a Facebook page which openly portrays the racial epithet spelled out by the white females’ shirts, yet has strategically blurred their faces as if to protect the identity of the female students. What’s more interesting about the network’s editing of the photo is that for years, underage Melanoid people have often been wrongfully accused of crimes that they didn’t commit, yet their faces are displayed everywhere for anyone in the world to see.
Much to the disappointment of certain Melanoid people in this country, many of us expect a higher morality from white females for the simple fact that they are white. On the contrary, these white teens are citizens of Arizona, a state which has long rejected the observation of Dr. King’s holiday. Maybe their racism is more than a joke, but rather just a way of life for them. White supremacy is a religion, and these white female high school students are nothing more than just faithful parishioners in the “church” of racism/white supremacy.