Today I'm in a school that's having a police appreciation parade. Meaning the students lined up in the hallway to cheer while local police officers walked through the building. Each class presented something to them. Some presented individual cards or crafts, some presented one thing from the whole class.
The class I'm on presented one card from the whole class. The 2 students that were chosen to present it are 2 black boys. Initially I felt some kind of way about that. Given the current climate between cops and black people. I wasn't sure if I was overreacting or if there was an agenda there. Like trying to get a photo op of black kids with police officers. I thought about choosing different kids for that reason.
Later I realized those 2 were chosen because they're the helpers for today. So for a second I relaxed but then I was like... Well what if they were chosen as the helpers FOR that purpose?
I didn't want to take it away from them because it's their job for the day and they don't understand my thought process and I didn't want to make that their problem but like... Should I have chosen different students?