Portland Public Schools ‘rap music’ ban sparks allegations of racism

Aug 26, 2016 by

Portland Public Schools officials are rethinking a district ban on rap music on buses after allegations of racism.

The district had banished hip-hop from its buses, deeming the genre “inappropriate.”

Teri Brady, senior director of transportation at Portland Public Schools, sent a directive to bus drivers in March forbidding “religious, rap music, or talk show programs.” The memo included a list of acceptable stations, broken down into three genres: pop, country and jazz.

Parent Colleen Ryan-Onken obtained a copy and it circulated in August among outraged parents, prompting the district to walk back the directive in statements released Wednesday.

Ryan-Onken, who is white, said the memo “kind of fell into my lap.” And when she read it, she was livid.

Source: Portland Public Schools ‘rap music’ ban sparks allegations of racism | OregonLive.com

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