Residents, recent grads want change after sharing experiences of racism within River Dell HS

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A group of residents and recent River Dell Regional High School graduates gathered online Saturday to share their experiences with racism within the school system during a virtual teach-in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.Their message was clear: Testimony from students claimed that rampant racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia and sexism permeated the halls of the high school, and a call to action was required.”I constantly heard comments supporting Hitler and thanking the Holocaust during my four years at RD,” one anonymous River Dell graduate wrote, which were read by another student at the teach-in. That same student, of Korean descent, said she personally endured “derogatory comments hidden as jokes made towards me based on my race, such as ‘Go back to the rice fields,’ or comments about my math, or driving, or that I eat dogs.”Districts:Petition calls for Hasbrouck Heights BOE member to resign after racist Facebook postFor subscribers:Elmwood Park students want change in district after claims of racism surface on social mediaOradell resident Karen Bonuck said the event was organized to unite two developing groups: Recent graduates who had surveyed students in the school system about racial issues and residents who organized on …

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