NBC News published an opinion piece Sunday under the headline “Megyn Kelly went to our high school and, no, blackface wasn’t ‘OK’ here when she was a kid.” The piece is credited to Students for Peace and Survival at Bethlehem Central High School in Bethlehem, N.Y.
The article provides a rebuke to Kelly’s comments on blackface, arguing: “Her apology was a start, but isn’t nearly enough to prevent the stereotyping and discrimination that hurts all our futures.”
The piece references comments Kelly made on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today,” quoting her saying: “You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character.”
The students write in response: “Those comments definitely do not speak to who we are in Bethlehem or at Bethlehem Central High School, from which she graduated in 1988. Blackface is not acceptable anywhere in America, and it is not acceptable in our town. We weren’t alive when Megyn was in high school but, in the recollection of many of our parents who grew up around here, it was not acceptable even in the 1980s town that she knew.”
The students also write: “We all have times when we use words poorly — just ask our English teachers. We cannot judge each other by our worst moments, and believe Megyn when she says that her recent comments do not speak to who she is. We know full well that one of the hardest things to do is to apologize, and we thank her for doing so. But retroactively showing ‘sensitivity’ isn’t nearly enough to prevent the cycle from continuing.”
NBC last week canceled “Megyn Kelly Today.”
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