Preschool stages BLM march for young students (VIDEO)
A school in Washington, DC has provoked controversy online by posting a video of its kindergarten students marching with ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs and chanting slogans in support of the cause.
The clip, which was uploaded on the school’s official Instagram page on Saturday, featured more than a dozen kids engaged in the action organized for them by their teachers.
The pupils, who appear to be aged five or six, were carrying handmade cardboard signs that read “Black Lives Matter,” and chanting the same slogan. All of the children in the video were also sporting facemasks.
“SOUND ON to hear our Pre-Primary friends raise their voices,” the caption under the video read.
According to the private school, the young students themselves “asked to create signs and march to show their support” after being “inspired” by what they were taught during the Black Lives Matter at School Week.
A school in DC forced kindergarteners to march around with BLM signs and chant “Black Lives Matter” pic.twitter.com/wGiuBY13Yg— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) February 4, 2022
The comments under the clip were switched off, but it had been reposted on Twitter, where it prompted a heated debate.
Some users defended the stunt, claiming that the kids in the clip looked perfectly happy and that by taking part in the march, they were exercising their First Amendment rights.
But many commenters expressed their shock at the clip and blamed teachers for the “brainwashing and indoctrination” of their students.
Even people who themselves claimed to be supportive of the BLM cause insisted that turning kids into “mini-political activists” was too early and “just wrong.”
Teaching kids is one thing, having them March and chant is quite another. I wouldn't want my 5 or 6 year old to do this NO MATTER HOW MUCH I believed in the slogan!Come on people. This is kindergarten! Teach them! Don't force activism on a small child!— 💦LadyUnsung💦🎵 (@Lady3keys) February 4, 2022
Some argued that such class activities were actually sowing division among children, while many suggested that homeschooling was the only way out.