No Black Valedictorians Allowed?

How do we motivate our children if they feel that their academic efforts mean nothing because they are black?  One family feels they’re being discriminated against after their daughter, with a nearly perfect record of straight-A’s, advanced classes and honors, was still denied the honor of being valedictorian of her graduating class and asked to share it with a fellow white student.

But, according to the Huffington Post, the student body at McGehee Secondary School is 46 percent black.  It seems hard to believe that nearly half of the student body is black and something like this would be tolerated.  But Kymberly Wimberly, 18, and her mother have filed a federal discrimination complaint citing that this is not he first time that this has happened.

The school hasn’t had a black valedictorian since 1989 and Wimberly’s mother, Molly Bratton’s lawsuit is based on the school’s history of being unfair with African American students. Bratton stated in her complaint that there were “whispers of discontent” after over her daughter’s race once she was selected for valedictorian.  So the administration had to make a slight alteration and make a white student co-valedictorian.

The family is making a federal case of this, so our hope is that she has a lot more evidence than what is in the reports.  Read more here.

-J.C. Brooks

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