A 9-year-old student took a school board to task over its apparent 180 on a policy barring teachers from displaying Black Lives Matter posters.
The viral video, making the rounds online this week, shows the girl speaking before a Lakeville Area School Board meeting on June 8.
The student, who only identified herself as “Novalee,” said she saw posters of Black Lives Matter and Amanda Gorman on her teacher’s wall at Lakeville Elementary School. The presence of these posters, she said, contradicted what the school board said at a prior meeting: “no politics in school.”
She clarified that she does not judge people by their skin color but “by the way they treat me.” She then quoted a line from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech,” regarding not judging someone by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
“That dream has come true. I do not care or look at the color of skin. But you make me think of it,” she said.
A woman, who said she works at Eastview Elementary, spoke immediately after the girl, praised the work of the board and the teachers before saying “Black Lives Matter” six times in a row. She then quarreled with the nine-year-old girl before repeating “Black Lives Matter” five more times.
The school district is located in Lakeville, a suburb of Minneapolis, where George Floyd’s death last summer at the hands of a White police officer touched off global protests on racial injustice and police brutality.
As protests in major cities devolved into rioting, much of the public blamed Black Lives Matter for stoking the more radical elements.
As 2020 drew to a close, the Lakeville School District became embroiled in a controversy over the use of Black Lives Matter posters in classrooms, KARE 11 reported.
In September, the district sent out a memo highlighting Policy 535, which stated that the goal for the district was to “maintain neutrality as to all political campaigns and issues.”