A South Bend school field trip turned into a conversation about race after students at local primary schools were offered a chance to visit three area colleges. The trips are only for African-American students.
Wow! This is pathetic and in my opinion what causes the bulk of discrimination. These children are too young for color to be an issue and would not happen if an adult without color issues made the right decision. We are all Americans here regardless of our color or race.
“We should be able to do everything together and not separate,” says parent Charles Yost.
“I feel like all kids should be going,” says Deirdra Mullings who has a son going on one of the field trips.
“It creates a double standard,” says parent Kelley Garing.
Dr. Moss says that’s why he organized this initiative for those students to visit higher education institutions around South Bend.
“We take them to a college campus, have them meet African-American students, modeling the idea that as a black person, college is a great place,” says Dr. Moss.
But that didn’t sit well with some South Bend parents who say, these trips should include everyone.
“I just think it breeds intolerance and creates misunderstandings,” says Garing.
On the flip side, one mother says she understands Dr. Moss’ mission.
“I don’t think it’s a race issue, I think they’re giving black children a chance,” says Erika Herron.
Dr. Moss says this was never meant to offend anyone.
“It was not meant to be exclusionary. It was only meant to support and give these kids what they need to think positively about themselves and about their future,” says Dr. Moss.
H/T – The Indy Channel
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