Opinion/Editorial: A deeper context on school poster
Daily Progress Editorial Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 7 a.m.
Those who protested a poster deemed racist lacked “context” regarding its purpose, said Albemarle County School Board Chairman Kate Acuff: The poster was created to help Western Albemarle High School students study racism in a critical manner.
But the School Board also lacked context on why the poster was viewed by many as especially offensive: It surfaced amid charges of ongoing acts of racism — not in history, not in literature, but now and in students’ everyday realities, according to complaints made at last week’s meeting.
The poster was part of an assignment for a class studying “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which is about racism — and, in fact, profoundly exposes its wickedness. The novel is an acclaimed piece of literature that continues to be relevant.
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