Students at a Mississippi public middle school looking to run for class president this year need to maintain a B average, obtain 10 signatures from their classmates – and be white.
At Nettleton Middle School, students last week received the rules for the upcoming student government elections. Students could run for president, vice president, secretary-treasurer and reporter, but some positions were off-limits depending on race.
In all three grades, only white students can run for president. In eighth grade black students can run for vice president and reporter. In seventh grade blacks can only run for secretary-treasurer, and in sixth grade only for reporter.
There are no assigned positions for students of other races and no mention of students who are mixed race.
The policy appears to be a holdover from late 1960s desegregation orders, but is one of several school district policies that smack of Jim Crow, including crowning separate black and white homecoming and prom queens in high school.
Say, what? Huh? This hurts my head and heart.
The school board has fixed it, at least: The school board in Nettleton, Miss., voted Friday to reverse its policy under which race determined whether a candidate could run for class positions, including president.