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Freedom Is Gone In America: School Forces Teachers To Take Down Pro-Diversity Posters, Saying They’re ‘Anti-Trump’


Freedom Is Gone In America: School Forces Teachers To Take Down Pro-Diversity Posters, Saying They’re ‘Anti-Trump’

According to the Huffington Post, in a 93% white Maryland county, a high school made their teachers take down pro-diversity posters because they saw them as “political” and “anti-Trump.”

The teachers at Westminster High School had put up posters that depicted Latina, Muslim and black women as a way to celebrate diversity in the country. The posters were made by the same artist who created the “Hope” posters featuring President Barack Obama in 2008, Shepard Fairey.


Carey Gaddis, a spokeswoman for Carroll County Public Schools, said that one staff member complained about the posters and the teachers “asked to take them down because they were being perceived as anti-Trump by the administration.”

The art recognizes groups that may feel marginalized under the Trump administration. But it is “definitely NOT anti-Trump in nature,” said Aaron Huey, a photojournalist whose organization collaborated with Fairey on the posters.

According to Huey, “anyone who believes that these messages are dangerous or divisive needs to check themselves.”

The county’s assistant superintendent for instruction, Steven Johnson, compared the posters to the Confederate flag:

“The Confederate flag in and of itself has no image of slavery or hatred or oppression, but it’s symbolic of that,” Johnson told HuffPost. “These posters have absolutely no mention of Trump or any other political issue ― it’s the symbolism of what they were representing. They were carried in these protests.”

The staff in the Carroll County’s school system is one the lest diverse in the state. Only about 4 percent of its employees identify as minorities. Jim Doolan, who was board president at the time, told the Carroll County Times in 2016 that when he first came to the school system to teach more than 30 years ago, he would find Ku Klux Klan invitations on his car windshield.

Student Hamial Waince, said she has faced discrimination around town as a Pakistani-American Muslim.

“Since the posters were taken down, what does that tell the students?” Waince asked. “That it’s perfectly fine to remove something which supports a moral value that each human being should have?”

Madi Macera, a junior, said she knows two students ― one black and one of Muslim faith, both of them girls ― who were “upset and disturbed at the sight of teachers having to remove posters containing images of women similar to them from their walls.”

“I want people to understand that these are American people,” said Macera, who is helping to organize the demonstration at the school. “They are a staple of who America is as a whole.”

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