After conducting its student government election, San Francisco’s Everett Middle School announced that the winners would not be revealed due to an apparent lack of diversity. Despite having an overwhelmingly non-white student population, students nonetheless selected candidates whom principal Lena Van Haren felt were not representative of the overall mix.
While she is withholding the results due to an ostensible desire to “make sure all voices are heard from all backgrounds,” one candidate pointed out the argument’s fallacy. Seventh-grade representative hopeful Sebastian Kaplan explained:
The organizers are saying stuff like, ‘We want everyone’s voice to be heard.’ But then in truth, the voters’ voices aren’t being heard. Most kids are in agreement that it’s not fair and that the results need to be given out because people worked really hard on it.