A high school student in Florida photographed two black female classmates and uploaded the photo to the Craigslist. The ad was titled “Two slaves for sale” with a price $470. The ad was geographically tagged to “Fleming Island Plantation,” which is an actual place in Clay County, Florida.
Skye Fefee, one of the girls in the photo, said she first saw the image when a friend sent it to her on Snapchat. By then, it had been shared and passed around by several students at the school.
“I feel disturbed by it,” Skye, a senior, told CNN. “It shows me that there is still a lot of racism in this school.”
Autumn Olsen is friends with the girls in this Craigslist ad. Olsen said, “I was mind blown about it, I’m surprised that this type of thing is still happening in 2017.”
The ad titled: Two Slaves for Sale 470 dollars. The description: Two healthy slave gals for sale. Good condition hard work ethic. If you need another pair of hands in the farm or house you are in luck.
The ad has since been taken down but it still lives on social media through comments like this: “It’s sad. Parents send kids to school to get an education and kids have to deal with stuff like this. This is wrong on so many levels.”
The student who posted it – a senior at Fleming Island High School – has since been suspended and is facing possible expulsion.
These girls’ classmates stand by them and hope everyone learns a valuable lesson from this.
The Clay County school district said in a statement: “We do not tolerate this type of behavior and we are disheartened that any of our students would be subject to discrimination. Fleming island high school administration and district leadership are working together to create a school-wide plan of action to strengthen the climate and culture while celebrating the school’s diversity.”You