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Education experts: Black-out incident a teachable moment for students

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It's not clear if the students were trying to be malicious in showing up to a basketball game wearing blackface or if it was just an innocent mistake.

Regardless, what happened is a teaching moment according to Dr. Thomas Haller.

"There are other people that we have to take into consideration," Haller said.

He's been a family therapist for 27 years and he contributes to our newscasts at TV5. Haller said the black-out gone wrong is an opportunity to teach kids about race.

"Get opinions from where our kids are at and help them understand where others might be at," Haller said.

Education experts are also chiming in, they said schools need to address issues pertaining to race relations all the time. Especially when they make headlines.

SVSU faculty member David Lewis has been involved in education for years.

"We can have those as talking points as to how would you deal with that? And the awareness exponentially increases," Lewis said.

Lewis said it's important for us all to learn and understand diversity. No exception for communities that may lack diversity.

"In many cases in your life you're going to go to different locations. Different parts of the state, world, wherever it might be. You need to be aware that there are individuals that are going to be very different from you," Lewis said.

Lewis and Haller agree, awareness and education are the only way to prevent a situation like the one that played out Tuesday night. Haller is hoping those students are learning their life lesson.

"Let’s not demonize these students. Let's look at it as a great educational opportunity," Haller said.

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