The most expensive prep school in the country, the Lawrenceville School, spent much of its spring semester mired in racial tensions as its first black student-body president was forced to step down for â€œmockingâ€ white male students on Instagram.
In the photo that Maya Peterson posted of herself to Instagram in March when she was a senior, she poses as a typical â€œLawrenceville boiâ€ â€” wearing a Yale sweatshirt and duck boots, holding a hockey stick. It's hashtagged #romney2016, #confederate, and #peakedinhighschool.
â€œI understand why I hurt people's feelings, but I didn't become president to make sure rich white guys had more representation on campus,â€ Peterson told BuzzFeed, which reported the story on Monday. â€œLetâ€™s be honest. They're not the ones that feel uncomfortable here.â€ Peterson graduated from Lawrenceville, a private school near princeton, N.J., in June.
Still, according to the school's student publication, The Lawrence, after a group of students alerted Dean of Students Nancy Thomas to the post, Thomas met with Peterson and decided it would be best for her to step down as president. Thomas, the story notes, felt â€œit was not fitting of a student leader to make comments mocking members of the community.â€ And so Peterson resigned, saying through an email to the student body, â€œAs your Student Body President, it is my job to do what is best for the community, but as a student it is my job to do what is best for myself. With that said, I have decided to step down as President of The Lawrenceville School.â€
Though the Lawrenceville School â€” where annual tuition is around $53,000 and the student body is 55 percent white, 21 percent Asian, and 16 percent black/Hispanic â€” would not comment directly on the Peterson situation because of â€œprivacyâ€ issues, it did release the following statement to Yahoo Shine:
â€œThe Lawrenceville School works hard to foster an inclusive, open, and engaging atmosphere that gives all students opportunities to be heard, feel respected and succeed. We do not tolerate racial discrimination and have had few issues on campus for many years now. Like any institution in America, we appreciate the challenge of having discussions about issues of diversity, and we remain committed to developing young people's abilities to engage with these issues in productive ways.
I read about this yesterday. I wasn't surprise at the reaction given to the young lady. I can only speak for myself as a black American. So, here is my opinion. Everyday I am bombarded with racial nonsense in my country. People make flippant remarks in reference to my race and I am suppose to accept it. We see it all the time in grotesque black faces of other races mocking black people to racist remarks on message boards to repulsive comments about President Obama from well known politicians - people who are in charge of legislation in our country. Once a black American decides to turn the tables and showcase the ignorance constantly thrown at us by white Americans, it becomes the case of (drum roll here) reverse racism. FYI, there's no such thing as reverse racism. It's simply racism. I have learn a long time ago that those in power do not like it when you challenge their perceive authority. They loathe it actually. You are never suppose to notice what they are doing. Call it a case of a secret inferiority complex. The young lady at the Prep Academy is very intelligent and I'm glad she is socially aware and don't buy into the whole post racial nonsense constantly being promoted in America to erase any reality of racism going on. She will be okay. Losing her position as President is not a big deal. At least she knows now that in a certain area where you are outnumber, don't expect mass support from a group of people who don't care about your existence and mock your concerns.
Racism is racism seems like she has a chip on her shoulder..but I consider it free speech. What harm did she cause other than upset feelings. The sooner all races just shrug off racists tantrums thr better we will be as a country now when s racist act prevents someone from getting a job or house in a certain neighborhood..then we shout..stop crying wolf everytime someone offends you
america is finished financially unless they do the most drastic reforms or revolutionary change possible...that is to arrest and try its entire government, wall street and the bankers and military hierarchy..kill the federal reserve and establish a new kind of banking consistent with current need..the needs of a democracy that would replace the oligarchy now in place.
and lastly repudiate the national debt and start spend the national currency as they should have been from the start...as is stated clearly in their constitution..debt free.
the money belongs to the people and is stated in their constitution that the government must spend the money debt free that there must be no central bank and no debt based economy.
if that is not done then you all will be enslaved forever paying it back and the real nasty people who in charge now will continue running allyuh lives forever..controlling you government, television, newspaper, schools and education, military sending all the young people to fight and die to force the rest of the planet to toe the american line..which is to allow themselves to be enslaved by american financial oligarchs just like americans are now.
thats a form slavery. it is HELL and allyuh doh realise it yet. but as things get tingh as they are tightening now it becomes harder and harder for americans to make ends meet, then even more draconian controls will fall on allyuh. allyuh already have a clear police state in place.
now get this straight captain and yuh new sidepiece! I dont care about america. if the rest of the world can manage to keep american within its borders then allyuh can go on forever terrorizing each other. it is the trouble in the rest of the world allyuh cause that pisses me off. I want allyuh skunt off my back and out of my hair.. so that I may have a chance live in peace, away from allyuh greedy, 'cravishus' accumulating, violent skunts, wanting to own everything in the world.
di'ze the reason I want allyuh to disappear. but if we can keep allyuh locked inside allyuh own country allyuh can stay there forever, and be a problem tuh allyuhselves...not the rest outside here