Yesha Callahan

Controversial Poster Targets Black and Latino Students at a Denver High School


A posted titled “101 Things Black and Latina Girls Should Know,” that appeared at Martin Luther King Jr. Early College in Green Valley Ranch has people outraged. Although it had a handful of positive messages like “Your body is beautiful just the way it is,” a few others raised eyebrows.

“Wearing too much makeup looks like a clown,” was one.

“‘Twerkin and grinding’ ain’t cute,” and “Experience holding a book (not a Kindle or reading on the Internet) this is so important for you to remember how far you have come as Black and Brown people,” are other statements that some found offensive.

One student who spoke with a local Fox news station expressed her concern.

“[Martin Luther King Jr.] died for us to have our rights, for black and whites to be together, all races,” student Kayla Matton, told Fox 31. “For a poster to be in a school pointing it toward specifically black and Latina girls, I don’t like that.”

But don’t think the black and Latino boys were left out in the ridicule.

Another posted stated that there were “easier ways to make money than playing professional sports or rapping,” according to Fox 31.

“That’s highly offensive, that’s pretty derogatory toward very specific groups of people,” student Victor Corrl told Fox 31.

The school board issued a statement in regards to the poster.

“Denver Public Schools seeks to ensure that the diverse cultures of our students and community are valued and respected. We understand the concerns raised by those who found the poster offensive and are reviewing this situation so that we can help prevent issues like this in the future,” the statement read. “And, we will continue our work to support responsible and effective conversations about diversity in our schools.”

  1. April 10, 2015 - Reply

    I’m glad that the posters went down. Children represent our future. Children of color experience enough of erroneous stereotypical language and these posters specifically outline offensive racial stereotypes in a condescending fashion. It is ironic that the high school is named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when Dr. King wanted to build up people. Also, tons of black children read, have great character, and desire to have progressive careers. News like these remind us that we have a long way to go in developing a society where children are respected as human beings and not mocked because of their ethnicity or their color. Any child of any color has the right to develop their sense of purpose and we are tired of being stereotyped unfairly. We are tired of seeing a nation that allows trillions of dollars to be given to the 1% while some of our urban and rural communities suffer massive socioeconomic problems. We are determined to be free, that children are respected, and that tranquility will flourish without equivocation. We, as black people, want justice.

    • April 11, 2015 - Reply

      You forgot, ” *drops mic* “.

      🙂 Well said.

      • April 11, 2015 - Reply


        Thank you Sister. 🙂

  2. April 12, 2015 - Reply

    Would it have made a differece if the title was “101 things girls should know”. Just asking.

    • April 13, 2015 - Reply


      It would be sexist.

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