In an effort to better educate students and their parents about race relations and social injustice, a D.C. elementary school has declared Friday “Trayvon Martin Day.”
Teachers at Malcolm X Elementary in Southeast are using the unfolding case and the story surrounding Martin as part of their “Let’s Keep Our Children Safe” seminar.
Malcolm X Elementary Principal J. Harrison Coleman says that she hopes the lesson will help reduce the needless violence and bullying in the community.
“The children at Malcolm X know the name Trayvon Martin,” Coleman said. “They know the incident. They know because of what they see in the news and what they experience every day.”
I’ve tried several times to detail why this is wrong on so many levels – race relations and social injustice, the insanity of trying to keep children safe by teaching them to emulate a gangsta, and the likelihood that Malcolm X would have kicked Trayvon Martin’s ass for acting like a fool – but I can’t stop facepalming over this long enough to type it out.