July 7, 2014 6:54 AM Subscribe
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In March, Lawrenceville School Student Body President Maya Peterson
, the first Black woman
to be elected to that position, posted a photo to her Instagram account where she depicted
what she described to be a “Lawrenceville boi”: white, Republican, and cockily holding a hockey stick. She used the hashtags “#romney2016,” “#confederate,” and “#peakedinhighschool." In response to the backlash from the photo, Maya, who is headed to Wesleyan in the fall, chose to step down
.An Open Letter to Maya Peterson: On the Politics of Humor
(by the first black woman president of The Harvard Lampoon)
The dynamics of diversity in schools (video
): Melissa Harris-Perry interview with Ms. Peterson
New York Observer
: Lawrenceville School Ex-Student President: Martyr or Misquoted College Freshman?
In Defense of Lawrenceville
(student blog post): TL:DR, the school president I voted for our senior year broke school rules and was voted out by HER OWN STUDENT COUNCIL.
Clutch Magazine: We are never supposed to be in positions of power.
: Maya Peterson and the Great American Outrage Machine: "Predictably, it’s also not mentioned, except in the comments, that “she cheated on a test, and when a Sikh student notified the teachers, she bullied him for it. That’s two violations, enough to merit expulsion for any normal student. … Lawrenceville had no problem expelling the sons of wealthy benefactors when they misbehaved, and my class had several “white males” who got themselves kicked out for pedestrian smoking and drinking. Maya only lost a spot on the student council, and walked to receive her diploma in front of her friends and family.”
: "But her diversity initiatives were not widely welcomed; a push for gender neutral bathrooms was particularly controversial. And Peterson herself was viewed with suspicion by a significant number of students, mostly white and male, who opposed her candidacy from the start."
The Lawrenceville School
was founded in 1810, and admitted its first Black students 50 years ago. The first women enrolled in 1987