Every now and again — too often, actually — we get an entry for the “what were they thinking?” file.
Students at Red Wing High School provided a recent entry when they held an unsanctioned activity during homecoming week — Wangster Day. “Students dressed as gansters and rappers in a way that some students felt mocked black students and emphasized racial stereotypes,” the Rochester Post Bulletin reports.
Two weeks ago, African American parents asked the school board to send messages home to parents noting the district’s policy against events such as “Wangster Day.”
Last night the board declined to take that action. “We have faith in our young people,” Red Wing Superintendent Stan Slessor said.
Some students have formed a group called Togetherness and Awareness Makes Greatness or TAG, which will tackle racial issues at the school. The school’s senior class president says a diversity club at the school failed in its job before falling apart a few years ago.