Last week, some photos started circulating around social media of teenagers smashing a car that had been spray painted with hurtful messages.
Raw Story also pointed out some other symbolism on the car:
One particularly worrisome image spray-painted above the “go back to the Rez” message are the letters SS, which can refer to Schutzstaffel, Adolph Hitler’s paramilitary force. Skinheads and neo-Nazi’s often use such symbolism to express their views of white supremacy.
Luckily school officials caught wind of this stunt and immediately canceled all homecoming activities, parade, dance and the football game.
“On behalf of the Meade School District, we apologize for the actions taken by a group of students and their actions disrespecting the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are unacceptable,” said Meade County School District Superintendent Donald Kirkegaard. “These actions do not represent us a community and we are deeply embarrassed”
“We are working with the Pine Ridge School District and the Native American population in this very crucial time and identifying appropriate actions to deal with this immediately so that this never happens again,” continued Kirkegaard.
So what do you think can and should be done to repair the damage in the community there?