Thanks to a parent sharing footage from his son’s preschool classroom showing White students sitting with plates of food and Black children with none, the Georgia preschool has lost its contract with Kids ‘R Kids.
Marquis, the preschooler’s father, shared the disturbing picture on his Instagram account, and it has since gone viral. The screenshot taken from the live video footage shows the White children seated with their food on a plate in front of them while the Black children waited to get their food, with some being seated at the same table as the White children, Black Enterprise reported.
“This is truly unbelievable,” Instagram user A-MAC commented. “You better know this won’t be the last time you hear from me on this. Why does every white kid have their food? Not one black child has food in front of them! Thank God for cameras in classrooms because there is no way to hide this racism! In the year 2021, this is truly unbelievable. As blacks, we always strive to send our kids to schools in Suburban areas, but I’m telling you first hand that is not always best. This is not a black or white issue. This is simply wrong! @kidsrkidscorporate I’ll be waiting feedback from your cooperate office on this,” he posted on IG.
A response came from the president and chief executive officer of Kids ‘R Kids International, Inc. It was an apology from their IG account, saying that it ended its contract with the preschool located in Georgia.
“The interactions captured on video by one of our families, yesterday, is disturbing and not in accordance with the inclusive culture that we promote at Kids ‘R’ Kids amongst our families, their children or our staff,” Vinson said in a separate posted statement. “We apologize to the family, the community and all of those impacted by the situation, and will use this as a learning tool to remind our Kids ‘R’ Kids staff on the importance of diversity and inclusivity.”
Vinson offered assistance to find other school options to any parent and child displaced following their decision to cut ties.