‘Will Not Let Hate-Based Signs Divide Us,’ MCPS Officials Say

Person wearing hoodie places the “It’s okay to be white” sign on the Montgomery Blair High School door. | MCPS

As Montgomery Blair High School staff investigate the flyers found on 10 school doors stating “it’s okay to be white,” Montgomery County Public School officials said they will not allow the incident to divide the community.

Security footage shows a person in a white hoodie posting a flyer on the exterior of a school door.

The signs were first seen by school staff Wednesday morning and removed before students arrived.

According to MCPS spokesperson, Derek Turner, this is the first incident involving a flyer that has occurred in the school system.

“The flyer posting is probably hate motivated but we can’t let this attempt to rile us up and divide us,” he said. “We know the attempt of the organizers is to create tension in our diverse community and we’re just not going to let it happen.”

Police were notified of the incident but it isn’t clear if they are working with the school’s administration to investigate it has a hate crime.

According to Montgomery County Police Department’s annual report on bias incidents, there were 21 hate-based incidents in 2016 involving a school.

Turner said the school system is not seeing the same volume of hate incidents like in previous years.

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2 Responses to “‘Will Not Let Hate-Based Signs Divide Us,’ MCPS Officials Say”

  1. On November 6, 2017 at 7:11 am responded with... #

    I don’t get it, is it not “ok” to be white?

  2. On March 2, 2018 at 2:16 am responded with... #

    The statement by the MCPS spokesperson that the “It’s okay to be white” sign “is probably hate motivated” is unjustified. This spokesperson is apparently expressing the views of the MCPS.

    To see why this is so, we have to ask, “How would he have reacted if the sign had said, ‘It’s okay to be black,’ ‘It’s okay to be Latino’ or ‘It’s okay to be Muslim’?” Would he also believe that these signs are also hate motivated? My guess is – probably not.

    If the county is going to be objective, it must also condemn “Black Lives Matter.” Any BLM signs, demonstrations or such would be condemned by the county as hate motivated.

    Therefore –
    It is time for the MCPS (and the Montgomery County government, as a whole) to take a closer look at some of its policies and its people. The county should not tolerate these types of racist comments from its employees.

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