School posts photo of fourthgrader in blackface
By Kyra Gurney
March 07, 2018 07:00 AM
A photo of a Miami Catholic school student wearing blackface sparked complaints from alumni after it was shared on the school’s website and on its social media accounts.
The photo was taken at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School in southwest Miami-Dade County during a February Black History Month celebration in which fourth-graders dressed up as famous African-Americans and gave presentations about their accomplishments. One student chose former Secretary of State Colin Powell and painted his face black as part of the costume.
On Monday, the Catholic school — which serves students from preschool through the eighth grade — shared a photo of the fourth-graders on Facebook and Twitter and on the school’s homepage. Some alumni contacted the school to complain.
“I was pretty taken aback that not only did a student come to school dressed that way,” said Victoria Freyre, an alumnus who attended St. Thomas the Apostle in the 1990s, “it didn’t occur to anybody that that’s offensive, and it got to the point where they posted on a public online platform and nobody saw any issue with that.”
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