In a YouTube video created last week, Brighton high school sophomore Keniyah Vickers told her followers racism is alive and well inside her school.
In her video, Vickers states the Brighton superintendent told a Black Lives Matter group that they were not allowed to hold an assembly because then he would have to give the same privilege to white supremacists, among other things.
The video got attention on social media, so much so that Keniyah, her mom Wynette Vickers and about 20 people spoke about it front of the town board Wednesday night.
"Help us make some change," Vickers asked the board Wednesday night.
News 8 reached out to the Brighton Central School District for comment. They were not at the meeting, but sent us the following statement:
"All students and their families should feel respected, valued, included, and embraced in the school community. We strive to provide equity and be culturally responsive in all of our work. In fact, this work has resulted in high achievement among all groups of students.
We’ve been made aware of this video, but had not been contacted by a student or their family about an issue occurring or in need of problem solving until yesterday. We’re looking forward to meeting with them next week to discuss their concerns. It should be noted that the summer school principal reviewed behavioral expectations with all classes as a normal procedure and was not addressing a specific incident or issue.
Over the past several years, the District has engaged in a variety of efforts to support equity for all students and to better address issues related to diversity. This work has been a focus and will continue to be a cornerstone of our efforts on behalf of all students.
At no point in time was the Black Lives Matter movement compared to white supremacy. A discussion held over a year ago with a student group has been taken out of context. We have done nothing short of providing complete support for activities related to the diversity and equity area and will continue to do so.
We’re looking forward to working with the student and their family to improve our work and the student experience."
Wynette Vickers called the statement about the school not being aware of the issue a lie.
Wynette is also Robin Wilt's campaign manager. Wilt is running for the 136th assembly district.
The meeting took place just days after Robin wilt tweeted her own comments about race, calling a picture of local democratic politicians a "whites only" photo. She added she's not ashamed to call out white supremacy.
News 8 asked Wynette if she was aware of the comment and if the issue is related to the one her daughter discussed in her YouTube video.
"I was aware of it as her campaign manager. It's racism in Brighton and that's how it's related. it's not related as far as it being a strategic way to get at the town, but it's definitely related as her being a black elected sitting right there."
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