A Kansas City high school is facing backlash after two of its white students went viral for posing with a racist homecoming sign. Olathe South High School is looking into the racist incident that took place KSHB reports. A student posted a photo of the sign he presented to his date asking her to go to the homecoming dance. “If I was Black, I would be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking you” for homecoming, the racist sign read.
However, after the photo received backlash online, the school moved rectified the issue and sending an email out to parents saying they were aware of the “offensive” post. Olathe South Principal Dale Longenecker wrote, “I felt it was important to share that we are working to thoroughly investigate the situation and contact all parties involved, including student guardians. At Olathe South and in the Olathe Public Schools, we are committed to creating an inclusive and safe environment for ALL our students.”
“Caught up in the excitement of being asked to her first ever homecoming, our daughter held the sign that was given to her,” she said. “It was only after actually comprehending the situation, that she realized what was happening. She blatantly said no!! By then, it was too late.”
She apologize to any and all who were offended by the sign and noted how her family stands for diversity and believes “All Lives Matter.”
“Please know that we have diversity in our own family and believe that all lives matter,” she said. “We have received many death threats and numerous people have told our daughter to kill herself.”
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