To tell, write, or express a joke takes thought. First, you have to make sure it is funny. If you share the joke beyond your immediate company, you should make sure it doesn’t offend anyone - or your joke will bite you in the ASS; big time.
The Volcano Vista High School of Albuquerque, New Mexico is in my neighborhood. A couple of students decided, as a joke they claim, to photoshop a classroom picture by pasting a Ku Klux Klan ‘white hood’ over the faces of all of the students except the Black students. This doesn’t by any personal, academic, community, or national standard approach anything near funny.
How about Evil? Yeah. How about hateful? Certainly. How about Stupid? No, you don’t get to high school by being stupid. How about the worse thing you could ever subject a Black person to in 2017 United States of America? Bingo!
Now, classmates have to either defend or repudiate the offending students. Parents have to either defend or repudiate the students. The community has to either defend or repudiate the students.
Doing nothing is not an option. The Black students are traumatized, scared, and out-numbered. Somebody has to make them feel safe within the halls of Volcano Vista high School. We all have to do something.
First, we have to educate all of the students, teachers, parents, and the community about the Ku Klux Klan - or KKK.
The Ku Klux Klan, commonly called the KKK or simply the Klan, is the name of three distinct movements in the United States that have advocated extremist reactionary positions such as white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-immigration and—especially in later iterations—Nordicism, anti-Catholicism and anti-semitism. Historically, the KKK used terrorism—both physical assault and murder—against groups or individuals whom they opposed. All three movements have called for the "purification" of American society and all are considered right-wing extremist organizations. For starters, go to Wikipedia and branch out from there for more in-depth information about this terrorist group.
That said; now we are left with the call for healing and rebuilding trust, not only at Volcano Vista High School, but in the surrounding community and beyond. Healing is going to take a long time. Case in point; people have migrated from places where the KKK continues to be prominent and where crime and drugs are prevalent to afford a better life for themselves and their children. They come to places like Santa Fe and Albuquerque to raise their children in a safe environment. Creating that doctored picture and then distributing it on the internet, those students have expressed to the world that, at least, Volcano Vista High School and Albuquerque is NOT that safe place. Damage done.
Now, those students, with a chance at redemption, must be the leading agents in healing the community they tore asunder. They must, beyond their deserving punishment, lead in the effort of healing their school, parents, and community. And they must play a major role in rebuilding trust for Albuquerque and beyond. Our community must come from behind the adobe walls and make it known where they stand on the issues of hatred and bigotry. Those offending students started this. And that’s no joke.