Shocking video shows second graders holding blackface masks for a Black History ...

An Atlanta charter school has come under fire after second-graders with masks depicting blackface performed for a black history program.

A video went viral of the students from Kindezi Old Fourth Ward Charter School reciting Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem 'We Wear The Mask' while holding masks of black faces with exaggerated bright red lips and white eyes.

The Dunbar poem, published in 1913, speaks of oppression endured by African-Americans. 

It starts: 'We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile.'

Atlanta charter school Kindezi Old Fourth Ward has come under fire after second-graders with masks depicting blackface performed for a black history program

Atlanta charter school Kindezi Old Fourth Ward has come under fire after second-graders with masks depicting blackface performed for a black history program

The students were reciting Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem 'We Wear The Mask', which speaks of oppression endured by African-Americans, while holding masks of black faces with exaggerated bright red lips and white eyes

The students were reciting Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem 'We Wear The Mask', which speaks of oppression endured by African-Americans, while holding masks of black faces with exaggerated bright red lips and white eyes

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of the performance posted on Facebook went viral and has been viewed more than 2.8 million times. 

Parents of the second grade students said they found the recitation to be offensive. 

'I thought it was damaging. I thought it was dangerous,' Marcus Coleman told CBS46. 'Here we are in a climate where our kids are dealing with military warfare, but now psychological warfare as well.'

Another parent, Ari Lima, whose third grade son appeared in a different part of

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