A Chicago Catholic private school has become the latest to bow before a wakeful crowd after apologizing over a video showing white students refusing to dance to a Mexican country song that was seen as evidence of racism. When it was one of many songs performed by children. t like the homecoming dance.
The video was taken on October 9 at the Marist High School homecoming dance, where the students refused to dance. Payaso de Rodeo, a 1997 song by Mexican country music group Caballo Dorado.
It was posted on social media by a student who said it was proof of racism.
‘You send us emails asking for photos of our families during Hispanic Heritage Month. You hang our papel picado banners all over the school. If you love our food, ethnic fashion and energy so much… why are you angry with us. How would you feel if we succumb to your country music?’ he said.
Her post was later shared widely and spread on other social media platforms including TikTok.
But the dance’s DJs, school and school parents have since confirmed that it was one of many songs the kids didn’t like – some of which were in English.
DJ Brian Stepanek says the kids were trying to control the music and that the incident had nothing to do with race.
The video was posted to Instagram and presented as a racist gesture by white children, one of the students, by Elizabeth Pacheco. She says she even heard a racist slur before she started filming
Children at Chicago’s Marist High School were deemed racist on social media after they refused to dance to Mexican country music group Caballo Dorado’s 1997 song Paiso de Rodeo. But dance DJs, parents and school say they too refused to dance to English songs
Our DJ was constantly being harassed by the students to change the tunes, with the attendance of ‘800 kids and only 60 songs allowed in time to play.
“Originally, the students just wanted to control our DJ to change the song at that time and at other times,” he said in a statement.
Now, troubled parents tell DailyMail.com that they are afraid to talk about what really happened to their kids for fear of being bullied.
‘It is very disappointing how these events happened and the portrayal of what happened was grossly exaggerated.
‘Now the school is more divided than before. It’s just sad,’ a mother whose child joined in the dance but who doesn’t want to be named to protect her child from bullying, told DailyMail.com.
She said other parents feel the same way but are afraid to speak in public because they don’t want their child to be bullied.
‘I wish there were [videos of the other songs] The children refused to dance. It would have been crushed really early.
‘Many students participating in the dance are afraid of telling a false story against these students for fear of retribution.
DJ Brian Stepanek says the kids were overstimulated and trying to control the music after not dancing for over a year due to COVID. He says he refused to dance to many songs – not just the Spanish one in the video
‘I had a baby’ [at the dance] But I will never talk openly about it. Children are mean…very mean.’
After Pacheco shared the video, Hispanic students at the school have arranged a protest.
Pacheco was interviewed by The Chicago Sun Times, telling the newspaper that he and other Hispanic children felt ‘insecure’ on campus. She also told WGN that before the song, the kids in the video ‘booded’ and made racist remarks.
The school promised an investigation and issued a statement Tuesday saying the children did not dance to many songs – not just Spanish ones.
They still kept apologizing to the offended children.
‘First of all, we acknowledge and apologize for the incident to which our students, staff, alumni and many others have expressed their feelings related to the videos posted on social media.
That’s half of the entire playlist used by DJs. It consists of four Spanish songs, including Gasolina and Suavemente, to which the children danced happily.
‘While these are facts, we believe that there are still students at Marist who saw this video or who were at homecoming dances who were hurt by these actions.
‘The Marist is a family, and when one of us gets hurt, we all get hurt.
‘The fact that there were students who skipped the homecoming dance, hurting what they saw, tells us there is still work to be done.’
Angry parents say the truth is being ignored and children are being unfairly stigmatized in the videos.
The DJ has also released half of the playlist, saying it was not an act of racism and was just a matter of controlling children’s music.
‘These students have not danced in school for more than two years due to COVID.
The video went viral on TikTok and Instagram, where users called it evidence of racism
Some Hispanic and Latino students then protested at the school. picture, school tomorrow
‘Because of this, his hopes for music were very demanding to say the least.
With the presence of ‘800 kids and only 60 songs allowed in time to play, our DJs were constantly being harassed by the students to change the tunes.
‘It appears to us that similar behavior was observed several times in this dance when the students ‘sit down’ to force our DJ to change the tune.
‘The dance is sitting opposite, isn’t it?
‘Originally, the students just wanted to control our DJ to change the song at that time and at other times.’
He shared a link to the full Spotify playlist that also featured Gasolina, La Mama de la Mama and Suavemente.
The school issued this apology and statement on Tuesday. It said it had started talking to the local police department because of “external threats”, although it is not clear who initiated those threats.