Okay, I don’t know exactly what to make of this. I can’t lie, the lady has a screw loose, she may be a little racist and I couldn’t help but laugh uncomfortable at the gasps from the crowd when she said “Look who’s leaving, all the black people.” (Black students, but I mean, can you blame them?) The discomfort is palpable, it feels like something out of a Larry David sitcom.
Alright, apparently this principal is a racist (according to the youtube comments). I’m digging for more info as we speak. It certainly seems like her son is a bigoted dumbass. Here’s the deal… she seems a little nutty, and is definitely quite oblivious. So I certainly am not going on record as a character witness here. The point here is not to defend her, or prove her not to be a racist, merely to address the firestorm that’s been ignited online.
But was this really “racist” enough to be trending on youtube? If this is “shocking” and “abominable”… isn’t that kind of a sign that our standard for “shocking racism” is a little lower than it was, say… a couple decades ago?
Not long ago ago in Georgia, a white Democrat could openly take to the stage and yell the most profane, racist things imaginable. That’s what Democrats/KKK members did! Just look at Robert Byrd. But here we stand today, where this video is seem as the epitome of white supremacy. Here are the “racist highlights” from this video. She was quoted as saying:
“I’m thinking y’all owe this man an apology. Especially that little goober… that was so rude. Where are you, you little coward”
This was met with angry black students, already accusing her of being racist. Like I said, she seems nutty, but the term “goober” is now considered racist? Really? I referred to my (white) older brother as that my whole life. Certainly unbecoming of a principal (again, I think she’s crazy), but racist?
“Y’all are the rudest people I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Again, met with gasps and boos from the crowd. Even though they were being pretty damn rude. Black and white attendees alike. This is the point at which many people stood up to walk out.
“Look who’s leaving, all the black people.”
That’s the one, Marv. That’s the silver donut. Insensitive, absolutely. She shouldn’t have said it. But is it really representative of “hateful speech” or just a commentary on the fact that… all the black people were, in fact, leaving.
What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.