Mission Viejo Elementary School in Aurora, Colo., recently set up an after-hours tutoring program for students who need a little extra help, but according to a letter to parents announcing the program, the program is only for students of color.
During the early 20th century, “Help Wanted” signs in Boston often included the notation, “Irish Need Not Apply.” During the Jim Crow days, those signs were replaced with “Whites Only.”
The goal of the civil rights movement of the 1960s was a world where a person is judged by the “content of his character” rather than “the color of his skin.”
It seems we’ve regressed — or maybe the school principal didn’t get the memo.
Parents who received the letter were shocked.
“I was infuriated. I didn’t understand why they would include or exclude certain groups,” parent Nicole Cox, who is white, told CBS-4, a Denver affiliate. “We have come so far in all of these years to show everybody that everyone is equal, that everyone should be treated equally … this is a form of bullying.”
School Principal Andre Pearson contacted Cox when no one was home.
“This is Andre Pearson,” he said on a voicemail message. “It’s focused for and designed for children of color, but certainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs.”
After CBS-4 investigated, the school clarified its tutoring policy.
“I think what the answer is, is that he [Pearson] made a mistake,” Tustin Amole, of the Cherry Creek School District, told CBS-4. “But we have had lots of students sign up for the tutoring. Many of them are white, and we will be accepting all of them.”
Crisis averted. But the question remains, why was the “no whites allowed” policy instituted in the first place?
Read more at CBS-4 Denver.
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