When Lakaydra Walker graduated from Senatobia High School recently, her brother, Henry Walker, waved a towel as a relative shouted, “You did it, baby!” only to be promptly removed from the ceremony. And Lakaydra’s aunt, Ursula Miller, called her niece’s name out as she received her diploma.
Shut up all that Black noise! Civilization is under attack!
Outraged, Senatobia School Superintendent Jay Foster, who threatened to remove any of those cheering and celebrating “thugs” from the ceremony, went to police to demand charges be filed against the Walker family.
“The goal was to allow all graduates to have the privilege of hearing their name called,” he said. So he sought the arrest of their family members. If it weren’t so outrageous and disgusting, we would have to laugh at the logic of arresting a family so that kids could celebrate this educational accomplishment.
What’s next, the football-game-to-prison pipeline? Or mass arrests for excessive cheering at a basketball game. Not to worry: lacrosse, golf, field hockey and water polo are safe.
Two weeks after the graduation ceremony, the family members were served with warrants that demand fines up to $500 and threaten prison time.
Racism runs deep.
In 2012, Shannon Cooper cheered with unfettered joy as her daughter, Iesha walked across the stage to receive her diploma from South Florence High School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Soon thereafter she was arrested for disturbing the peace, handcuffed, and removed from the ceremony. That same year, an Ohio school administrator denied Anthony Cornist and four other students a high-school diploma because, you guessed it, “excessive cheering.”
Black people can’t do nothinnnnn’.
via Even Black Joy Is a Crime | Dame Magazine.