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Catholic School’s Black History Month Essay: “God Only Chose White People For His Holy Book; It Would’ve Been Better If They Stayed Slaves”

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After a disturbingly racist essay about Black History Month went viral, Catholic school St. Michael the Archangel in Louisiana apologized “to anyone who was offended.”

According to WBRZ, the Catholic school, which is located in Baton Rouge, sent a letter to parents explaining that the essay which spreading through the internet was “contrary to the teachings of the church.”

The white student who wrote the essay claimed she was “unpleased” by the assignment meant to celebrate Black History Month.

“I’m not fully racist but I hate almost every black person,” the essay starts. “They think they run everything but in reality are an embarrassment to this country.”

She uses misconceptions about the Bible to defend slavery.

“Think about it though,” she writes. “None of the apostles were different ethics [sic]. They were all white. There was [sic] no black nor Hispanic [sic] mentioned really back when Jesus time was. All the stories we hear in the Bible are about like mainly white people. So since God knows everything that is going to happen than [sic] he would have done something about that.”

She insists that black people make her “petrified to leave my house,” and can’t support Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message about equality.

“But we are supposed to give them a month right?” the essay continues. “When they cannot even wear pants that fit them? When they shoot cops for protecting people?”

“Sad to say this but maybe things would be better if they would have stayed slaves,” the student concludes. “I should not have to be scared for my life when I see them in my sight.”

School official immediately sent letters to parents to “apologize to anyone who was offended by this writing.”

“The ideas and the writings of this student, and their subsequent posting on the web, were not within the school’s control,” the letter said. “We look at this incident as a teachable moment and as an opportunity for education and growth for all involved, particularly through reflection on the wisdom of our Catholic faith.”