The only thing missing were the “Colored Only, No Whites Allowed” signs of the past.
In a move that harkens back to the days of segregation in the Deep South, as dictated by Jim Crow laws, only in reverse order, an Illinois high school principal held an event that white students were not allowed to attend.
Nathaniel Rouse, principal of Oak Park and River Forest High School located in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Ill., organized a “Black Lives Matter” event in association with Black History Month, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The assembly was held on Feb. 27, and was “limited to black students only,” the Tribune reported.
And the edict was strictly enforced.
According to some upset parents, white students who tried to attend were turned away — so much for diversity and inclusion. It’s not clear if other students of color were also denied entry.
But Rouse, an African-American, said that the event that excluded white students was not intended to be seen as exclusionary.
“First and foremost, this is not meant to give a connotation that we were trying to be exclusive,” he told the Tribune.
Instead of acknowledging the boneheaded decision to discriminate against better than half the student population — according to the school’s website, the student population last year was 55 percent white — the school issued a statement defending its actions.