Hammond High School became the second Howard County school to stage a demonstration in response to a 30-second video of a Mount Hebron student’s racist diatribe.
“Who the f— cares about some black man who dies?” the student asked rhetorically in the video. “They’re an inferior race, okay?” He then called out Abraham Lincoln as “a traitor to the white race.”
The video sparked a firestorm at Mount Hebron, where students staged a walkout on Tuesday, and later convened with community members at an area church to share their reactions (lots of disgust, but little shock).
On Thursday, Hammond High School students transformed their lunch period into a pro-Black Lives Matter rally. Principal Marcy Leonard was supportive of the demonstration and vowed “to not make this a one-time event.”
“We’re going to be working with the student organizers to create small group conversations at lunch later this month,” she said.