Students enrolled in the former Megyn Kelly high school wrote an opinion piece for NBC News and called her on Sunday for comments she made about Blackface being "okay" when she was a girl.
"Those comments definitely do not speak of who we are in Bethlehem or Bethlehem Central High School, from which he graduated in 1988," wrote the members of the Students for Peace and Survival group at the state school.
"Blackface is not acceptable anywhere in the United States, and it is not acceptable in our city," the students said. "We were not alive when Megyn was in high school, but, remembering many of our parents who grew up here, it was not acceptable even in the city of the 1980s that she knew."
Kelly, 47, was attacked last week after an on-air discussion on her NBC show "Megyn Kelly Today" about Halloween costumes.
"You get in trouble if you're a white person who puts on a black face for Halloween, or a black person who puts on a white face for Halloween," he said. "When I was a kid, I was fine, as long as you dressed like a character."
Kelly canceled her show on Friday after the comments caused a stir on social media.
On Sunday, the students of Belén pointed out how minstrel shows were performed, with white people in black face, in the whole area "until 1960".
"Records from our local newspaper show that minstrel shows were held as fundraisers in our elementary school gymnasium," they explained. "Perhaps his staying power even in the northeastern United States despite his obvious fanaticism speaks of the pernicious role that Blackface played and still plays in the generalized normalization of racist cartoons." Jim Crow, after all, was a character of black face long before it was shorthand for systematic oppression. "
In the end, the students said they expect Kelly to use her journalistic skills to "make a real difference and provide" more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor "to these issues in the future, as promised in her apology."
"Often today there is the idea that young people like us are apathetic, that our superiors have brainwashed us with certain ideals and are too disconnected to make a difference. Nothing could be further from the truth, "they wrote to close." We are speaking for ourselves here, as our small part in the conversation that the United States needs to have. If there is something about our generation, it is that we do not accept the status quo. Maybe it's naive, but in a society that still has the scars of blackface times, a little bit of the innocence of hope might be necessary. "