Ben Franklin Middle School students coming together to fight racismFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Students at Fargo's Ben Franklin Middle School have taken on a unique battle against racism the past few weeks that is now showcased on You Tube.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Students at Fargo's Ben Franklin Middle School have taken on a unique battle against racism the past few weeks that is now showcased on You Tube. The students are hoping their efforts will land them on ABC’s Good Morning America’s "Three Little Words” segment. The 6th graders will join others across the country Friday, for a special "Take a Stand Against Racism."
Preparing for the big day anti-racism Friday, students at Ben Franklin are putting finishing touches on posters and banners that will pepper the school. For the past several days, the students have gone Hollywood, making a DVD that wages war on racism in Fargo schools.
Kellie Anderson – Ben Franklin Student: “We live in a place where we don’t get treated like that, but people go through that every day. It’s just something we need to learn about so we can spread the word to stop it.”
Angela Fasteen – Ben Franklin Teacher: “It’s just fun and it’s gotten the kids really excited about it knowing that it could go that extra step.”
While Fargo schools are certainly more diverse now compared to 20 years ago, the district is still very Caucasian. 8800 white students, just over 1,800 nonwhites. While our community is known as a welcoming melting pot, those who are of color know the impact of racism.
Kolvyn Hopkins – Ben Franklin Student: “No, it’s not fun. It’s just hurtful.”
So on Friday the classrooms will empty out and the students will come outside and lock arms around the school in a strong show of support in the anti-racism project.
Leslie Beadle – Ben Franklin Teacher: “I think they are proud of themselves and they are excited to be part of something this big.”
These 6th graders are at a critical age. Values, opinions, friendships all being formed at a time when all of that may be challenged with unkind, hurtful words. The students here at Ben Franklin vow - not in their hallways.
Friday's wrap around Ben Franklin school is part of the nationwide YWCA Stand Against Racism.