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Let’s begin with a thought experiment. Flashback to June 2020. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police and the subsequent Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations around the United States, a Black teacher in a predominately white school posts a picture on social media that reads, “I Stand With BLM.”
The response from white students is outrage. There are demands for the teacher’s ouster from the school, and days later, they organize an in-school demonstration replete with “All Lives Matter” placards. The protest, which is recorded on social media, spirals out of control as students rush toward the teacher’s classroom, demanding her immediate firing. She is whisked away by security officers to safety in another part of the building. The situation is so tense that the police are called to the school to restore order.
If such an event actually happened, it would likely fill hours of cable news and lead to even more public protests against such rank and obvious racism.