Courtesy Huffington Post Black Voices
We’ve heard of school spirit day and college day, but school redneck day? That’s a new one.
An Arizona high school came under fire after members of the student council organized a school-wide redneck day early last week. According to AZ Central, the idea was for students to dress up like, and effectively satirize, characters from A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty,” which follows the Louisiana family responsible for a popular duck-call hunting product known as the Duck Commander.
When one student showed up at the school wearing a Confederate flag, some students, parents and teachers, were less than thrilled.
“I was livid,” an African-American mother whose son attends the school told Phoenix-based Fox affiliate KSAZ. “Nobody that I talked to thinks that that’s okay. That just symbolizes something evil, bad.”
She noted that even before a student showed up with the flag, her son found the concept of the day “degrading.”
The student who wore the flag was pulled aside by a school administrator and asked to change his clothing.
District Superintendent Tom Lindsey told AZ Central that, although the student is originally from an area where the confederate flag is displayed often, “It was explained to him that, in Arizona, we look at it differently.” Lindsey also extended an apology to anyone offended by the use of “redneck.”
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