Several students of the educational institution Marist High School, in the city of Chicago (USA), protested this Tuesday for an alleged racist act registered last Saturday during the homecoming dance of the establishment.
At the event, while a song was playing in Spanish, some students knelt on the track as a sign of rejection of the melody, causing annoyance and outrage among students of Latin descent, who interpreted the gesture as a “lack of respect” for their culture.
The incident was recorded and posted on social media.
Thus, dozens of students and some of their relatives joined several Latino students who felt affected in a protest with mexican flags and posters across from the high school in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood, demanding respect and a safe environment for their peers.
For its part, the institution issued a release to apologize for what happened and mentioned that, after conducting an investigation, through a series of interviews with the dance attendees, he discovered that the students apparently knelt as a way to ask for the song change, however, he acknowledged that several young people “felt hurt by these actions.”
“The DJ, staff and students have reported that students in the video kneeling to a song were also seen dancing to other songs in Spanish. Accompanying persons indicated that they saw students kneel on various occasions throughout the night and that the DJ responded by cutting a song and putting another “, reads the pronouncement of Marist High School.
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