Maple Grove kids fight back against the racists

The kids of Maple Grove Senior High School did what they could today to fight back against the racist graffiti that was scrawled on the walls of a bathroom yesterday.

They lined up to welcome everyone to the school today. The principal, Bart Becker, ended his daily announcement with “I love you all.”

  1. Listen Maple Grove Senior High School Principal Bart Becker’s address to students

    November 10, 2016

“Don’t talk about it, be about it,” Becker said. “Be about love. Be about respect. Be about empathy, kindness, inclusiveness, gratitude, patience, selflessness, humility, compassion, resolve and strength.”

So the kids were about all of those things, providing some graffiti of their own…

… and they left messages to each other (click image to read them).

Is it enough to make the stain of hatred and racism go away? Of course not. That’s not the point; it’s a declaration of an intent to fight it the only way the kids presently know how.

Give them credit for that.

  • Mike Worcester

    //Is it enough to make the stain of hatred and racism go away? Of
    course not. That’s not the point; it’s a declaration of an intent to
    fight it the only way the kids presently know how. Give them credit for that.

    I most certainly will give them credit. Bless them for leading by example.

  • Ben

    The news from Maple Grove was awful. Good to see the students fight back against that kind of racism. But what really struck me, last year as I visited a few high schools (Maple Grove was one of them) due to my daughter’s athletic activities throughout the year, was the baked in racism and the striking inequality between the city schools and the suburban ones. You can’t help but notice the enormous difference in facilities in the suburbs compared to the city. We all need to recognize the message we send to our kids about who matters more and who matters less. One side of the line gets more, while the other side gets scraps. This message comes through loud and clear to all of our children.

    • Kassie

      I graduated from another school in the district at the time Maple Grove was being built. It was clear to me as a teen, and even more so now, how the demographics in the school district was going to shake out. Park Center was going be the kids of color and poor and middle class kids. Maple Grove was going to be lily white and mostly uppper middle and upper class. Osseo was going to be a mix.

      Another example that shows the inequity (in my time) in that school district was in the hockey program. There were two ice areas for the two high schools. The Osseo arena was very cold, old and crappy. The Brooklyn Park arena (where Park Center is) was new, had heated locker rooms and was nice. When girls’ hockey started, they didn’t split the four team by location. They put the two boys’ teams in the nice Brooklyn Park arena and the two girls’ team in the crappy Osseo arena. It was clear from day one that the girls were not as important as the boys.

  • Gary F

    Why haven’t they found the person who did this yet? This should not be tolerated. The skeptic in me says it may have been done by someone not happy how the election came out. I sure wish they would find this person so I could put that thought to rest.

  • Bootsie

    This is just the permission of the Trump language and behavior that gave the already raciest students permission to now say and show their true feelings toward minorities! These kids have been taught to hate and only know what they have grown up hearing. I do not excuse them but where does it stop?