The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California issued a statement Tuesday saying that while Visalia Unified School District’s proposed changes to the dress code banning “hate group” clothing is well intended, it’s misguided and doesn’t address the root causes of racism and bigotry.
“Instead of banning protected speech, we strongly urge the district to take the affirmative steps to address the actual harm caused by the racially harmful environment that has been building over many years,” the ACLU said in a letter to the district.
Visalia Unified’s school board was scheduled to consider a dress code change at its meeting Tuesday night after a student in September was labeled by other students to be a white supremacist for wearing a Confederate flag sweatshirt.
The 15-year-old student in September who wore the sweatshirt was stopped by a group of girls who questioned him. Later a photo of him circulated on social media that was captioned “flex #whitepower.”
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