Target: Upper Darby School District Superintendent Richard Dunlap
Goal: Applaud action against a school skit that insensitively highlighted the atrocities of the Ku Klux Klan.
A group of high school students from the Upper Darby School District in Pennsylvania showed up to school one day wearing a white shirt with the letter “K” on it and hoods covering their faces. They took a photo and uploaded it to social media sites where it immediately offended many people. Although the students claimed that it was not done to harm or offend anyone, they admit that the project was done in poor judgment and was inappropriate.
The Upper Darby School District has around 12,000 students across 14 schools and boasts that these schools and their surrounding suburbs “reflect a great diversity of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.” Despite these claims, 70 percent of Delaware County – where the Upper Darby School District is located – is white and about 21 percent of its residents are black.
The county also has a long history with the Ku Klux Klan. According to the book “Hoods and Shirts: The Extreme Right in Pennsylvania,” Delaware County was home to the second largest Klan lodge in the state during 1925 to 1926. Due to this history, the superintendent of the Upper Darby School District has decided to make all employees undergo sensitivity training. Sign the petition below to applaud the superintendent’s actions against racial insensitivity.
Dear Mr. Dunlap,
Delaware county has a long history with the Ku Klux Klan. From 1925 to 1926, the county was home to the second largest Klan lodge in the state. In 1988, three dozen Klansmen marched down a Parkside Borough street as protesters threw eggs at them. According to a recent U.S. Census, 70 percent of Delaware County is white while only 21 percent are black.
Due to all this, promoting racial equality in all forms is important. By apologizing for the photo of the skit and by enforcing diversity training, you have taken steps to promote racial equality and to ensure that the black community is not discriminated against. Despite the innocent approach to the project, the Ku Klux Klan still evokes fear in people both white and black. I would like to applaud your actions against this harmful skit and for taking measures to ensure it does not happen again.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Martin