Upstate School Gets Chilly Reception with Racially Insensitive Snowman
Was it a simple misunderstanding, a failed attempt at humor taken out of context, or blatantly racist? That's up to you to decide.
Either way, a school in Upstate New York found themselves left out in the cold on Tuesday after a picture they posted on their social media created a bit of backlash and controversy.
According to the Daily Mail, the photo in question was posted by someone who works at Coxsackie-Athens Central School District on Tuesday and featured a picture (allegedly taken on the school campus) of a dirty snowman with what appeared to be three 4th graders proudly standing behind it.
The caption on the photo read, "Today's CE 4th Grade Fun! This snowman is just as diverse as our students!"
You can see how a post like this would create some controversy. At first glance, it appears as though the school is using the image of the dirty snowman to somehow represent racially inclusivity, but the school says otherwise.
According to the Daily Mail, school officials say the photo was taken out of context and wasn't intended to offend anyone issuing the following statement after the post was taken down.
"The word 'diverse' was used to describe how every kid can make a snowman differently and this variety of creativity should be celebrated. When it was commented that this post could be interpreted about race the post was taken down. We want to apologize and reiterate it was never intended to be hurtful."
What do you think?