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Racism lurks behind decisions to deny Black high school students from being recognized as the top in their class

By Jamel K. Donnor, Associate Professor of Education, William & Mary
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Two Black students – Ikeria Washington and Layla Temple – were named valedictorian and salutatorian at West Point High School in Mississippi in 2021. Shortly afterward, two white parents questioned whether school officials had correctly calculated the top academic honors.

Ultimately, the school superintendent named two white students as…


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