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Two Hopkins Students Charged After Protesting ‘Modern Day Blackfacing’

The black students said they were upset about white ski team members who dressed up for ‘ghetto spirit day.’ The white students said they called it ‘rapper day.’

Prosecutors have charged two Hopkins High School students with misdemeanors following a confrontation in the assistant principal's office, Minnesota Public Radio reported Wednesday. The confrontation arose when the students tried to protest the school’s handling of an incident in which they say several white students mocked black culture.

On Feb. 13, Hopkins ski team members dressed up for what they told officials they called “rapper day.” Black students said the ski team members actually called it "ghetto spirit day."

MPR quoted one of the students as saying:

They dressed up like gangsters basically. There were sagging chinchilla coats with the chains, joint in the ear just mocking our culture. Really how we reacted, we felt it was modern day 'blackfacing.'

The black students complained to school administrators, but school officials said it was too late in the day to do anything.

Several black students made posters protesting the school’s actions. Administrators took down the posters because they were not brought to the school office beforehand for approval.

The next day, two black students went to the assistant principal’s office and tried to take the posters back. Officials called a Minnetonka Police officer who works in the school, and a police report states one of the students put his hand on the officer’s chest and tried to leave with the posters.

He was handcuffed.

Both students deny that they ever touched the officer.

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Do you think the school acted appropriately? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Pulsespirit1 April 27, 2013 at 04:00 AM
...It's too bad that "cultural diversity" is just not working for the good of folks anywhere, inasmuch as cultural perversity and race hatred against one another is the new world disorder of the day, now!
Shayna April 28, 2013 at 09:04 AM
I find it interesting that people speak of these events and details recalled by high school students, any of them, in an emotionally charged situation, and regard them as facts. Allow the school to follow due process and fully investigate the situation. Have ANY of you dealt with teenagers, at all, and especially in a group scenario? Knowing that all situations can be misinterpreted, anytime you have kids with competing viewpoints, a heated situation, and social media involved, there is always more to the story.
Ray April 28, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Except that it seems the school administration decided to punished only the coloreds. How nice.
G Cremer April 29, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Shayna, All we can go on is what has been printed in the news articles on Patch and Star Trib. That goes for what the students and the school admin. each claim to be true. The point is that the black students filed a complaint/followed procedure and the school ignored it.
Metanym April 29, 2013 at 03:52 AM
rapper culture does not equal black. Rapper culture is just dumb, like redneck culture.

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