Georgia students claim racism when black cheerleader cropped from photo 

  • Marlon A. Walker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
12:13 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 Local

Students at a Georgia high school are claiming racism after a black cheerleader was cropped out of a team picture.

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Social media posts popped up over the weekend showing the full photo and its edited version, which eliminated the only black member in the picture. Several dozen students protested outside Dunwoody High School Monday morning, saying they wanted fair treatment for people of color.

DeKalb Board of Education member Stan Jester posted on his blog this weekend that the photo had inadvertently been cropped by a photo system at Walgreens. He also posted a short clip from Monday’s rally.

Jester said there’s a 20-year tradition at Dunwoody High for the varsity cheerleaders to give the coach a photo collage, and that a parent brought their camera to Senior Night to capture images. When that image was put into the photo system at Walgreens, it cropped all photos to a smaller frame. Jester did not attribute the information to anyone else.