Sigh. This really did happen
Have you ever been to a graduation ceremony where you were asked to hold your applause to the very end?
Well, arrest warrants were issued for several proud black families in Senatobia, Mississippi, who couldn't hold their applause until the end.
No, they weren't violent.
No, they didn't have a confrontation with police.
They just cheered. See the video for yourself here.
Two weeks later, the superintendent of schools, Jay Foster, in conjunction with the local police, filed charges against the families.
“It’s crazy,” Henry Walker said. “The fact that I might have to bond out of jail, pay court costs, or a $500 fine for expressing my love, it’s ridiculous man. It’s ridiculous.”
Superintendent Foster said the charges were far from ridiculous.
While Foster declined an on-camera interview with WREG, he said he’s determined to have order at graduation ceremonies.
At a time where the nation is talking about problems in the United States with mass incarceration and the over-criminalization of society, rarely has such a clear example of African Americans being overcharged for everyday behaviors as this.
Please call and email Superintendent Jay Foster and let him know how you feel: