So a group of students at Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn, MI (my alma mater, btw!) made some sweatshirts over the Christmas break to show a little Junior Class Pride.
I believe the front of the sweatshirts just had the year “2011” on it, but the back is where the controversy was found. There was a big 11 fashioned to look like the World Trade Center. Underneath were the words “You can’t bring us down.” There was a thunderbird (the school mascot) flying toward the 11/buildings.
Some additional facts:
-About half of the 1,700 students at Edsel Ford HS are Arabic
-About a third of Dearborn’s population is Arabic
-The handful of students that wore these sweatshirts were Arabic males
-This has been in the papers and on the local news and message boards for the past two days, with public opinion ranging from “Deport them!” to “Meh.”
-Here’s a link to a story.
My questions: Do you find this shirt offensive? Do you think this incident is newsworthy? Do you think the fact that Arabic kids made/wore them is significant?