The physical altercation between pop princess Rihanna and R&B bad boy Chris Brown was the fight heard ’round the world. The two superstars lives changed dramatically after photos of a battered Rihanna spread all over the internet. Domestic violence is a conversation that’s never over and with October being Domestic Violence Month, there’s a buzz around the sad topic.
Three students at New York State’s Waverly High School depicted the Rihanna and Chris fight at a pep rally. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the white students painted their faces black to re-enact that fateful night in 2009.
The pep rally was packed with students high on cheers, school spirit and being out of class, but no one thought that this was a bad idea.
Three white students were to perform a skit in black face, depicting Chris Brown and Rhianna most notibly. In this skit they would display acts of domestic violence as satire to an audience that included not only students but parents, faculty, and various members of the media and community leaders. None of them stopped the skit.
It’s hard to believe that none of the students involved questioned doing this skit in blackface. I understand why they would want to draw attention to domestic violence, but to do so while also promoting racism is crazy. Not only did the students just sit and watch, bu so did the faculty and staff. What is happening with our school systems?
A Waverly alumni claims, “The administration should be creating an environment where minorities are welcome, not the butts of racist jokes that make light of domestic violence.”
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