Buckeye Arizona high school banned teen from wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt but turned a blind eye on other kids that wore confederate flag shirts.
Mariah Havard, a 15-year-old student, was told not to wear a BLM T-shirt on August 23, which was picture day in the school.
The sophomore student was banned by the school’s administrators from wearing the BLM T-shirt after they got a mysterious complaint. She was surprised as to why she was banned from wearing the T-shirt, because up until that moment, other students wore shirts with confederate flags and white power on them, but nothing was said about it.
The 10th grader said, “I wasn’t able to wear the shirt anymore because somebody made a complaint, I was a little bit confused as to why I wouldn’t be able to wear something so meaningful to me.” She was told by the administrators that the shirt could disrupt the learning environment, as they also suddenly reckoned it violated the dress code.
Havard’s friend, Genesis Santoyo, decided to wear the BLM T-shirt in support of her friend. And she was also asked to take it off. Genesis spoke about the unfairness and double standard shown by the school authorities, as she stated that she saw students with ‘white power’ T-shirts, but no one said anything about it. Her argument prompted the school officials to also ban Confederate flag and white power outfits.
Double standards seem to be the norm in relation to Black people in the nation. It’s a terrible thing to get used to. We hope the school comes up with a better idea next time on how to prevent Black kids from flexing their rights, instead of the flimsy excuse claiming the shirt violates the dress code.
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