Parents upset over school ‘Black Lives Matter’ assembly that excluded other races

Parents upset over school ‘Black Lives Matter’ assembly that excluded other races

A Black History Month event at Oak Park and River Forest High School may have kick-started a schoolwide discussion on race — but not in the way school officials intended.

Several white parents, none of whom would speak on the record, expressed confusion and dismay that their children were prevented from participating in a “Black Lives Matter” event Feb. 27 that was limited to black students only.

In a news release sent out after the event, school officials said they had heard the complaints about the event.

“(Some) students and parents expressed confusion and concern about the event being for black students only,” the release said. “Information about the event lacked clarity about this aspect of the conversation, and the high school is committed to improving communications in the future.”

The white parents reported that their students were turned away when they tried to attend the Black Lives Matter event. The parents said they were offended that in a school and community that prides itself on diversity and inclusion that students who wanted to attend would be excluded.

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