High school students dragged after applying racist KKK lyrics to Christmas song for a class project
A pair of high school students caused a stir in their community and on social media after they sang about the Ku Klux Klan to the tune of the Christmas carol “Jingle Bells.”
The song was part of a school assignment where the 11th-grade students had to create a Christmas song to depict one historical event from the post-Civil War Reconstruction era for a U.S. history class.
They choose the creation of the Ky Klux Klan, but their song went terribly wrong.
Several videos recorded by another astonished student at the Dover High School, in New Hampshire, show the pair singing in front of the class while most of the student laugh at the offensive and insensitive lyrics.
Students at a New Hampshire high school were recorded in class singing a KKK-themed jingle with lyrics that included, "KKK, KKK, let's kill all the blacks," sparking a district investigation. https://t.co/9B8sHZbeC4— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 4, 2018
“White masks on our heads, blood beneath our feet, laughing till they’re dead -- ha, ha, ha,” they sang to the tune of Jingle Bells.
And continued “KKK, KKK let’s kill all the blacks, burn a cross on their front yard and hope they don’t come back.”
The video has caused outrage in the community and sparked an investigation from the school district
Two students sang about the KKK in their class with lyrics like "kill all the blacks." One student was so disturbed she spoke to her teacher. “He did not listen. He told me to call my lawyer if I was upset about it.” So she recorded it, and it went viral. https://t.co/h4VdGo8jMz— Sandra E. Garcia (@S_Evangelina) December 5, 2018
Superintendent William Harbron told NBC News that the students didn’t know they were being recorded at the time, and added:
“The principal became aware of the situation late Friday and began working with the teacher. Right now we’re dealing with the immediate need of communication and the emotions surrounding the situation."
The district also released a letter on Facebook to address the community and explain the situation, however, the entire Facebook page has been deleted in the last 24 hours.
Part of the letter read:
“We want to make you aware that we are working with students and educators at Dover High School to investigate and address an incident of extreme racial insensitivity. While the incident was part of a classroom assignment dealing with reconstruction period in American history, the impact was harmful.”
According to the New York Times, the unidentified teacher was put on paid leave while the school district deals with the nationwide backlash they’re getting for the situation.
A New Hampshire school superintendent is decrying a racially insensitive video of two high school students singing, "KKK, KKK, Let's kill all the blacks," to the tune of "Jingle Bells."https://t.co/EUujP9RgGR— CBS 21 News (@CBS21NEWS) December 4, 2018
On the other hand, Chloe Harris, 16, the girl who recorded and uploaded the videos of the song, revealed that before the performance, her classmates offered the printed lyrics to the entire class.
She found the words upsetting and decided to record them.
“I wasn’t really comfortable, and there was a better way he could teach it,” Harris said of the way her teacher managed the situation.
She added that she told the same to him, but “He did not listen. He told me to call my lawyer if I was upset about it.”
Even though is not clear if the students had bad intentions with their song, is clear that they lack sympathy to write and sing such charged lyrics in front of their entire class.
But people on social media are especially mad and outraged by the teacher that did not stop the song even after reading the lyrics beforehand.
Wow...have we stooped sooo low we're teaching our kids hate, ruining their future as well? 😟😥🇺🇸!!!— S Johnson (@longbwoi) December 4, 2018
Where was the teacher and why didn’t s/he shut this song down immediately? How did the project get this far that the students thought this was appropriate? Accountability needs to occur on multiple levels.— JanetGorman 🌊 (@jcgfrippout) December 4, 2018
Sad that these kids didn’t even think once that this “jingle” was inappropriate & racist in its content. The teacher obviously also not very bright!— SilverVixen (@lapaisa65) December 4, 2018
Incidents like this one make one thing clear: that racism is so deeply enrooted in the society that sometimes young, inexperienced people can’t see the blurred line between what is right and what is not.
But is the teacher’s and the parents’ responsibility to educate and guide the young minds on these issues, otherwise, what would happen with the future of the nation?
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