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A Black High School Valedictorian In Arkansas; Say What?! No Really…say what

Arkansas High School Appoints Co-Valedictorian Because Top Student Was African American | A high school student in Arkansas was blocked from receiving sole valedictorian honors this summer, despite earning the highest G.P.A. in her class and receiving only a single B in her four years at McGehee Secondary School. Kymberly Wimberly’s offense? She’s black. School administrators worried that Wimberly’s accomplishment would result in a “big mess” at the majority-white school, so Principal Darrell Thompson told the student’s mother “that he decided to name a white student as co-valedictorian,” even though the white student had a lower G.P.A. The matter is currently pending in federal court.”

The first comment following this Think Progress article was: “Understandable. Because Ms. Wimberly is obviously guilty of BWB. Brilliant While Black. The nerve.”

Below that was: “I’m sorry, I must’ve read the date incorrectly. This is an article flashback from 1969, right?”

I therefore have no comments to add because they’ve clearly already been stated. My calender reads 2011, this matter is quite a shame.


About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.


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