A high school in Minnesota was forced to cancel its school play. Some students took major offense to the Ku Klux Klan robes in the show.
All the backlash began when one of the cast members of the play posted a picture of other members of the cast in KKK costumes to Snapchat. The play, which was called “The Foreigner,” features students in KKK robes and hoods.
Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that in the caption, the student wrote:
“I think you’re gonna want to come to the spring play.”
“The Foreigner” play is about two men who travel from England to rural Georgia, and stay at a fishing lodge. The Ku Klux Klan characters in the play are supposed to be antagonists.
School officials say that the KKK characters are very important to this particular story. Yet, even though it’s just a play, people who saw the KKK robes and hoods demanded that the school cancel the show.
They got their way when the play, scheduled for this weekend, was cancelled Monday.
“On Friday afternoon, [an] NPHS student involved in the play posted a captioned photo on social media of some fellow cast members in KKK costumes that are used in the final scene … to depict an evil force” in the play titled “The Foreigner,” an e-mail from New Prague High School Principal Lonnie Seifert and Assistant Principal Tom Wetschka read.
“Administration was made aware of the posting, and the insensitive nature of this post,” it continued.
The principal said he met with offended students in the school, where only 12 black students are enrolled, and decided it was best to cancel the play lest anyone’s feelings be hurt because there are “students and adults who are uncomfortable with that part of history.”
“As we reviewed the social media post and conducted meetings with our theater director and concerned community members, we feel it is in the best interest of New Prague Area Schools to not present the show this weekend,” Seifert said.
The cancellation came despite the fact that the play portrays the KKK members as ignorant villains who are defeated in the end.
That message is irrelevant to some because they want to be protected from parts of history that make them uncomfortable.
“It makes black people, the small amount of people of color at this school, it makes them feel excluded,” senior Morgan Dawson told NBC News.