Photo credits: Clinton Stanley, Sr.
Over the last week or so, a private and predominantly white Christian school located in an Orlando, Florida suburb has been causing outrage over its treatment of a six-year-old black boy on his first day of school.
According to the Washington Post, Clinton Stanley, Jr. (pictured) showed up like any other student to attend his first day of school at A Book’s Christian Academy in the central Floridian city of Apopka. This private children’s educational institution began its academic year earlier this month on August 13.
However, young Stanley, 6, was denied the opportunity to start his year off right due to the hairstyle he donned on day one. This story quickly caused local, regional, and national upheaval after headlines about it were plastered all over every form of news media available to the public. Many people thought that A Book’s decision was a racist one.
For a school that espouses itself to the guiding values of Christianity, turning a young child away at the door because of what he looks like is the last thing Jesus Christ would have ever done, according to the Bible. The Bible clearly disavows discrimination in the seventh verse of the first book of Samuel’s 16th chapter, which reads as follows:
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Clinton Stanley, Sr., the boy’s 36-year-old father, told the Washington Post that over the course of parenthood, he never felt it was incumbent on him to tell his son about such a nagging and nefarious historical narrative: The malignant cancers of poor race relations in America and the evolving historical inequities that have stemmed from them.
“We’re all one people. I always tell him to treat people nice,” Mr. Stanley told the national newspaper.
Unfortunately, black parents in today’s America must still articulate the dark past of this nation’s history to their school-aged sons and daughters. The ramifications of choosing not to offer this real and relevant American cultural disposition may give black children a false sense of psychological and emotional security.
Though the enslavement of black Africans was outlawed, institutionalized racism has continued to be utilized in order to uphold white supremacy, which was the governing concept of America’s so-called “peculiar institution.”
After slavery became illegal, America’s ruling establishment made other legislative concessions in an attempt to secure civil rights for black people, such as the outlawing of the cruelty imposed in the so-called “Jim Crow Era” and the integration of educational institutions nationwide.
Nonetheless, many years after all the legal exhibitions America embarked on to sanitize the existence of white supremacy, age-old challenges are still mounting in different forms and the subtleties of institutionalized racism remain as ubiquitous as ever.
Black parents much teach these realities to their children so that they can be well-prepared from a spiritual standpoint.
The unjust story of Clinton Stanley, Jr.’s heartbreaking experience with A Book’s Christian Academy is a testament, which can serve as a credible example of how to prepare black children for the ever-present reality of racism in America and show them how it continues to covertly uphold the main tenets of white supremacy.
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