White supremacy is detrimental for Melanoid children all over the globe, especially in the racist school system
By Kenny Anthony
An East London school in the United Kingdom was placed under scrutiny over letters that were sent home regarding students between the ages of 6-7, instructing them to dress like chattel slaves to “celebrate” the UK Black History Month.
Students at St. Winefride’s Catholic School were ordered to wear “fabric heads-wraps and straw hats”. Also, the class were told to sport “dirty and worn out” garments, preferably stained with coffee or tea to make it look more “authentic”, according to the Newham Recorder.
One of the parents had this to say on the issue: “Would Jewish children be asked to re-enact the Holocaust?”
However, many suspected white supremacist parents came out to defend the letter. Samantha Peters being one of those parents, stated that the backlash and criticism was “unfair”, and gave the teachers praise for their actions.
A spokeswoman for St. Winefride’s Catholic School responded with this statement: “We deeply regret the offence caused to our pupils and school community. This letter was sent out without the approval of the school’s senior management team or governors. We have written to those who received the letter to apologize and we have also spoken to the members of staff involved and taken steps to ensure an incident like this does not happen again. We understand the importance of Black History Month and celebrate this by studying the success and achievements of black role models.”
White supremacy in UK schools is an open secret that negatively impacts Black students and Black teachers.
A survey conducted by the Nasuwt Teaching Union and the Runneymede Trust found that Black teachers in British schools are subject to deep-rooted, endemic and institutionalized racism. Two-thirds of Black teachers have admitted to being verbally abused by white students, and 79% were not paid at a level commensurate with their skills and experiences. In 2015, more than 54% of Black teachers were subject to discrimination or harassment at work because of their race or ethnicity.
In addition, students at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London (SOAS), confessed that older white academics were racist and unable to connect with the student body. The under-representation of Black people among staff at SOAS led to students feeling isolated and unable to engage with their studies & lecturers.
The Most Honorable Minister Malcolm X once stated: “Only a fool would let his enemy teach his children.”
Melanoid people worldwide should be working towards creating group home schooling to ensure that our children are being properly educated. Teachers are able to easily access and indoctrinate the minds of our future, so we have the responsibility of being one step ahead and monitoring their development.