The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a school-sponsored “Redneck Day” that took place in May in Queen Creek, Ariz.
Local civil rights leaders contacted the U.S. Department of Education after seeing a photo of an unidentified student wearing a Confederate Army flag at Queen Creek High School during “Redneck Day" (video below).
“I found it to be offensive," said Civil Rights Activist Rev. Jarrett Maupin to 3 TV. "I think many in the community did and the department responded.”
The U.S. Department of Education wrote to Maupin and said it would “determine the remedy, including moderating conversations between school administrators and civil rights community leaders to shape new policy and racism prevention measures.”
However, the U.S. Department of Education said the investigation would not include the student wearing the Confederate flag, but would “be limited to whether a racially hostile environment was created due to language and actions that were not protected by the First Amendment.”
Maupin was disappointed the feds would not be investigating the flag incident.
“While I’m glad they are investigating, the letter itself is a permission slip for racist parents to send their children to school wearing any symbol they want?” he told the Phoenix New-Times. “To me, there is no difference between a confederate flag and a swastika flag. Is the Department of Education saying it’s OK for a young neo-nazi to wear a swastika flag? It’s clear to me that the mere presence of the confederate flag and the swastika flag creates an atmosphere of racial hostility.”