A 9-year-old girl’s complaints to her Minnesota school board about Black Lives Matter posters remaining up despite the school district’s policy of “no politics” is garnering national attention after she told the board, “I do not care or look at the color of skin, but you make me think about it.”
The girl is seen speaking before the Lakeville Area School Board on June 8 in a video that has gone viral this week, reports the NYPost.
At Lakeville Elementary School, the girl, who calls herself “Novalee,” said she initially saw Black Lives Matter and Amanda Gorman posters on her teacher’s wall.
“I looked up onto the wall and saw a BLM poster and an Amanda Gorman poster,” she said.
She claimed that the appearance of these posters contradicted the school board’s previous statement that “no politics in school.”
“When I was heard two weeks ago, you told us to report any BLM in our schools. Apparently, you know they’re in our schools because you made the signs,” the student said.
She told her principal about the Black Lives Matter poster, and she asked for it to be removed, but the principal then refused her request because the school board ordered them to be installed.
She argued that changing the color or font does not change the posters’ main political message:” getting rid of police officers, rioting, burning buildings down while King Gov. (Tim) Walz just sits on his throne and watches.”
“I am nine years old and I know that,” she said. “You expect to believe that you did not know what you were doing when you were making these posters? C’mon people!”
She clarified that she judges people “by the way they treat me,” rather than their skin color.
“I do not judge people by the color of their skin, I don’t really care what color their hair, skin, or eyes is [sic]. I judge by the way they treat me,” she claimed.
“I do not care or look at the color of skin, but you make me think of it. I have Asian, Mexican, white, Chinese, black friends and I don’t care. I like them because some of them make me laugh, some are sweet and kind, sporty, or share the love of God. They are just my friends. You have lied to me and I am very disappointed in all of you.”
The school district is in Lakeville, a Minneapolis suburb, where George Floyd’s death at the hands of a White police officer sparked worldwide rallies against racial injustice and police brutality last summer.
As violence broke out in major cities, many people blamed Black Lives Matter for inflaming the most extremist groups.