Arkansas High School Holds Assembly on Drugs and Gangs—For Black Students Only

Feb 19 2016

Arkansas High School Holds Assembly on Drugs and Gangs—For Black Students Only

Maumelle High School in Arkansas held an assembly about gangs and drugs Wednesday morning, at which a pastor addressed the students. The fact that only black students were asked to attend has left the institution facing widespread criticism.

Ironically, the assembly was organized as part of the Pulaski school district’s court-ordered “desegregation program.”

“Black students were selected with the intent that the assembly would be an extension of the district’s court-ordered desegregation efforts,” said a district spokeswoman, “which encourage programs and opportunities tailored to minority students.”

Many students and parents are reportedly outraged by the segregated assembly, and its implication that drugs and violence are uniquely black issues. In fact, the evidence indicates that black and white Americans use drugs at similar rates.

Unsurprisingly, the ACLU has protested, writing a letter to the school to express its concern.