This past weekend, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan found itself embroiled in a racial controversy. A group of white students from Grosse Pointe South High School took a photo of themselves with the n-word scrawled on their torsos and posted it on Instagram. The photo appears to have been directed at African American students of Grosee Pointe South. The photo caused quite an uproar in the community and, by Monday, it was a full-blown controversy and the school had to immediately respond.
It was announced that six students had each been served with five-day suspension. However, this community has been snapped to the reality that, despite its idyllic scenery, Grosse Pointe Farms is not some post-racial nirvana and that other measures are needed to, hopefully, avoid further incidents such as this one.
In addition to the punishment meted out to the student, a representative from the Attorney General’s Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative was brought in to speak on issues related to social media. Also, the local NAACP chapter is monitoring the situation.
The students involved have since apologized for their actions.