Roomies, when it comes to racism, it’s always wrong, but when children are involved, it makes the act that much more heartbreaking. Yesterday, a photo shared by Marquis, who is the father of a student attending Kids R’ Kids preschool in Roswell, Georgia, just north of Atlanta, shared something that no one could have expected. He shared a photo of his son and other Black students not being served food while White children were seen eating.
Marquis shared a lengthy message on his Instagram page speaking about the incident and stated that he was thankful for cameras being in the classroom. He wrote, “Thank God for cameras in classrooms because there is no way to hide this racism! In the year 2021, this is truly unbelievable.” Marquis continued, “As Blacks, we always strive to send our kids to schools in Suburban areas, but I’m telling you first hand that is not always best. This is not a black or white issue. This is simply wrong!”
With the photo going viral, the preschool has faced a tremendous amount of backlash. Even celebrities like Joseline Hernandez have used their platform to raise awareness of the issue. Once again, the power of social media applying pressure worked because today, David Vinson, who is the President & Chief Executive Officer over ‘Kids ‘R’ Kids International, Inc.’ released a statement condemning the actions in a statement via Instagram.
David stated, “We apologize to our family, their friends, and our entire ‘Kids ‘R’ Kids’ community for the narrative that is displayed by the snapshot of a video from one of our locations. We are in contact with the family to again express our sincerest apology and to show them a video of earlier in the day and other days, where our inclusive culture is on full display.”
Vincent continued explaining,” Our video system is in place and available to our families to ensure that we always operate in the spirit of wanting the best for their/our children. We appreciate everyone’s openness to allow us to demonstrate that Wednesday’s incident was random and isolated. We look forward to moving beyond this and refocusing our efforts on our vision of developing generations to cherish and impact their world through the positive foundation fostered at Kids ‘R’ Kids locations across the country.”
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We reached out to Marquis to see if anyone has reached out to him about this matter, and he advised that he respectfully declined the offer and planned on pursuing legal action against the company. However, at this time, he said that he has not yet obtained a lawyer.
We hope that Marquis and the other families receive some type of justice for their children.
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