An Arizona high school is under federal investigation after its “Redneck Day” turned out to be less a cutesy celebration of southern stereotypes and more a potentially “racially hostile environment.”
Queen Creek High School held the day in the tongue-in-cheek spirit of the A&E show Duck Dynasty. But after at least one student wore a confederate flag to school, local civil rights groups, church leaders, and fellow students objected.
Reverend Jarrett Maupin was one of several figures to bring the issue to the attention of the Department of Education, which he said will “determine the remedy, including moderating conversations between school administrators and civil rights community leaders to shape new policy and racism prevention measures.”
“This thing really got to Marcus,” Reverend Ozetta Kirby said about his grandson, a student at the high school. “When you’re in 11th grade, that can break you down and make you feel at the bottom rung of the whole society, where everybody is being jubilant. No kid should have to go through that. We all know the connotation of ‘redneck.’”
Do they? A&E produced a promo spot about the controversy, stating, “Around these parts, every day is redneck day.”
[h/t The Arizona Republic]
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