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A High School Just Became The First In America To Raise A Black Lives Matter Flag

A High School Just Became The First In America To Raise A Black Lives Matter Flag
4 months ago

A Vermont high school is celebrating Black History Month by flying the Black Lives Matter flag under the American flag. This move will make Montpelier High School the first high school in the United States to raise the Black Lives Matter flag.

Student Joelyn Mensah, who founded the student group Racial Justice Alliance, said:

People choose their flags because they want to [be] represented and they want to be seen. We students do not feel like we are represented or seen in our education and we are here to raise the flag because we want to be seen and we will demand to be represented in our education.

Principal Mike McRaith echoed the message:

We are committed to improvement and this dialogue and to work for equity and racial justice in our school system. We can and we must improve our educational system to be more culturally competent and ever more inclusive to the historically marginalized and oppressed. 

To underscore that Black Lives Matter is not simply anti-police, McRaith invited the local police department to the ceremony.

The school and the students received a lot of support from online communities:

Of course, there were also people who missed the point and inserted "whiteness" into the event:

But advocates quickly shut down detractors: