Maya Peterson

Black Prep Student Loses Prez Post for Mocking Whites

Maya Peterson mocked White peers and lost student body president post

by MTV, July 2, 2014

Maya Peterson

Maya Peterson

After posting a controversial photo to Instagram in which she was kitted out like a stereotypical White male private-school student, the first Black female student body president of an elite institution stepped down from her post.

In the photo, Maya Peterson—now a Lawrenceville School grad—sports a Yale hoodie and button-up and holds a hockey stick. The caption joked that she was dressed as a “Lawrenceville boi” and featured the hashtags “#romney2016,” “#confederate,” and “#peakedinhighschool.”

Peterson said she posted the snap in response to the backlash she received for her senior photo, in which she and friends posed using a “Black Power” salute. In an interview with Buzzfeed, she said the “boi” photo was a joke, but apparently some of her classmates didn’t see it that way. Neither did the school.

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