Virginia high school principal apologizes for ‘racist’ class banner
Virginia's Yorktown High School's senior banner has been deemed racist after minority students' faces were used as dark shading.
A colorful Virginia high school banner has been shaded in shame.
The collage of Yorktown High School seniors, meant to honor the Class of 2020 graduates, has been deemed racist as the faces of minority students were used as dark shading for the school logo of a capital Y.
After shocked students slammed the notorious artwork, the banner was swiftly removed and the school principal offered an apology, reported ARLnow.
“This banner does not appropriately reflect our graduating class or our values, and we sincerely apologize to any student who felt offended or marginalized,” stated Yorktown principal Kevin Clark. “We do not condone any activity or imagery that offends our students.”
Yorktown is the least diverse of Arlington County’s high schools, with nonwhite students accounting for about 33% of the student population, according to ARLnow.
“I thoroughly don’t understand how Yorktown put forth such a racist banner,” wrote one outraged student on social media. “I understand they were trying to do something nice for the seniors, but the execution was horrible.”
Arlington Public Schools spokesman Frank Bellavia claimed the banner was generated by computer software that creates composite images through hundreds of individual photos that are grouped to correspond with colors in the background.
“The printer sent a proof to the school by email, so it was difficult to see how the photos were placed to create (the) image,” explained Bellavia.