We’re going to skip all the jabber about how incredibly inappropriate this is and just suggest that Grand Forks Red River High School invest a little more in history education.
The high school is coming under fire this week after three of its freshmen wore Ku Klux Klan hoods during the school’s North Dakota semifinal hockey game against Fargo Davies High. While the students were quickly reprimanded, both by those in attendance, who got them to take the hoods off, and by the school, which has since punished them, it wasn’t fast enough to stop a photo from being taken, leaving the questionable moment to live on.
The students reportedly wore the hoods because the school was having a “whiteout” in the stands, where fans dress all in white. But the historical overtones of the move — and the unique history of the school against whom Red River High was playing — quickly made the situation much worse.
Fargo Davies High is named after Ronald Davies, a former U.S. District judge in Fargo who played a key role in the desegregation of schools in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957. Davies was the judge who intervened and made the governor of Arkansas back off when he tried to keep the schools from being integrated, according to the Grand Forks Herald.
Chances are that the students didn’t know the full implications of what they were doing, but the school has been swift to discipline them.
“We, as a school, are extremely disappointed with the behavior of these three students,” Principal Kris Arason said in a statement, according to the Grand Forks Herald. “This behavior is not a representation of our school or student body.”
He said “appropriate actions are being taken.”
The community, meanwhile, has been vocal about the situation, with many people making a point to say that the action does not reflect the student body. Fellow students pressured the freshmen and had them take the hoods off within “30 seconds” of putting them on, according to reports. The Fargo Davies High student who took the photo and put it on Twitter, however, said the students wore the garb for several minutes.
Check out the controversial photo below.
Shane Schuster (@ShaneSchuster) February 23, 2013
What a terrified young man.
“Somebody that’s not truthful — that’s big, to me. I’m a big fan of the Judge Judy show. And when you lie in Judge Judy’s courtroom, it’s over. Your credibility is completely lost. You have no chance of winning that case. I learned that from her. It’s very powerful, and true. Because if somebody does lie to you, how can you ever trust anything they ever say after that?”
– Jim Harbaugh, either arguing for or against Manti Te’o
Can someone grab Tim Wakefield to throw some BP?
Anybody know how to hit a knuckleball? I gotta find out before 1....—
Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) February 25, 2013
Bryce Harper wanted this catch to be more fun.