I'm not racist, I have colour TV.

9/20/2005 02:05:00 AM Edit This 6 Comments »

I read this story today.

Let's take this in steps shall we?

"What's up with your shirt?"

Those are the words a former senior at Fleming Island High School remembers hearing as he walked from his fifth-period algebra class toward the gym. The 18-year-old, who is not being identified due to his family's concerns of safety, had just taken off his Dixie Outfitter T-shirt, exposing a highly offensive shirt.

"What about it?" replied the 18-year-old, skinny and white.

"Well, you know it's racial," said a black student, now in a group confronting the 18-year-old.

"Yeah. So?"

The undershirt the white student wore had a confederate flag on the front with the words "Keep it flying." On the back, a cartoon depicted a group of hooded Klansmen standing outside a church, waving to two others who had just pulled away in a car reading "Just married." Two black men in nooses were being dragged behind.

Firstly, how can you NOT see something wrong with a shirt depicting something like that. How twisted or just plain stupid must you be to wear that to SCHOOL where you know there are BLACK student who would be offended by it? How ignorant can you be that you would purchase something like that in the first place? How small minded and backward is this kid?

The white student said he left the school following a three-day suspension. He said he was supposed to go back on a Friday but school officials called and asked his family to keep him home until the following week because "the school's in an uproar."

"Everybody was threatening to come jump me, so we were like, whatever," he said. "So I'm not going to deal with it over some stupid shirt."

I wonder why, future Klansman?

Clay County school officials said the incident is isolated and both students involved were disciplined "quickly and appropriately," although they would not release specifics citing privacy concerns.

"There's no way you can prevent it when you've got students coming and bringing an attitude like that to school," said Ben Wortham, deputy superintendent.

(1) What exactly is quickly and appropriately? Does this also include quietly? Is this one of those things you would sweep under the rug? Hmmm?

(2) I'm torn on the deputy's statement. I know ignorance breeds hate and hate breeds ignorance but it doesn't seem like they are trying at all. That kid has a blatant case of I-don't-give-a-damn-itis and may be too far gone to stop him now, but didn't they notice symptoms of potential racism before.

"I'm not racist or anything," he said. "It's just, some people I hate, some people I don't get along with. And black people just happen to be the ones because they think they're better than everyone else."

So what the fuck is he? A martyr? The quote "A rose by any other name" comes flying to mind here. He hates black people because they think they are better than anyone else? What horseshit! What's the basis of that statement? What the hell has he been taught? Oh wait...

The student said his parents were shocked at his decision, Mom dismayed and Dad disappointed.

"I just can't believe you'd wear a shirt like that to school," he said was their reaction. "My mom was kind of upset about it. My dad was like, whatever, it's your life."

*Slap on the wrist* "Don't make fun of the colored folk in public, son. We taught you better than that. You know how ignorant and belligerent they get."
"Yes Pa!, I didn't think I'd be a big deal cause....

The 18-year-old said he has friends who are black, and he said he does not think they would be mad at him because they know he would not do what was depicted on the shirt
That always makes it better, doesn't it. But if he thinks black people think they are better than everyone else, what makes them different? Do they call you "Massa"? Or do they understand that....

"I'm a redneck," he said. "But no, I'm not racist."

Upset by the shirt, a 17-year-old black student hit the white student in the head. A crowd of about 100 students gathered to watch the Aug. 29 fight before authorities intervened
Frankly, FUCK YEAH! If you haven't guessed by now, I am a black female or for the politically correct few "Afro- Trinidadian female" He would have gotten a lot more than that where I come from. *No, I am not advocating violence, contrary to popular belief*

Let me digress for a moment here, how would you feel watching someone parade around in slanderous clothing, promoting lynching and fostering hate, around you as though nothing is wrong? The white student was asked if he knew the shirt was racist, and candidly replied "Yeah. so?" This isn't just one person he hates, it's an entire race of people. I think this goes beyond ignorance into something alot more disturbing. What would you have done in this situation? The black student acted instinctivelty, and no, I don't blame him. I do agree he could have lodged a complaint but what would that have done. Nothing. Even after the fight was over and the authorites took over it seems as though nothing but a slap on the wrist was given. Not from his parents, the school he attends ( he is being allowed back in) Lesser acts than this have solicited expulsion. Didn't this warrant the same?

There are so many thought running through my head on this issue right now but I'll leave with a quote and an open ended question...

The most powerful stimulus for changing minds is not a chemical. Or a baseball bat. It is a word. -George A. Miller
Do you think the black students were justified in wanting to beat the hell out of him? How would you have dealt with the situation?

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Flo said...

You lower yourself to the redneck's standards when you advocate and condone violence as a suitable response.
Maybe he shouldn't have worn the shirt, but your assertion that "he'd have gotten [sic] a lot more than that where I come from", only serves to show that the people from "where you come from" are just as racist and small-minded as the individual in question.

Solace said...
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Solace said...

I appreciate your comment Flo,and you are entitled to your opinion. I am not advocating violence at all, it was merely a statement showing that in a different place, that would not have been condoned at all! The "more" I was implicating is immediate ostracism, a "scarlet letter" of bigotry and carting off to the courts for a hate crime. And yes quite possible a beating.

I do not think it was a suitable response, in all honesty, but it was an instinctual and passionate one. And for that, I do not blame him.

Maybe he shouldn't have worn the shirt? MAYBE? The shirt was racist and defamatory and action should have been taken against that. They didn't even seize the shirt. People are hauled to court every day for lesser slanderous statements.

If you read on you would have seen that he got nothing more than a slap on the wrist, no alternative education, chastisement, suspension, expulsion, nothing. Even his own parents didn't seem perturbed by his statement. So how does this make me racist and small minded again?

Solace said...

Correction: He got suspension. Still not good enough.

sHa shinizzle said...

"And black people just happen to be the ones because they think they're better than everyone else."

yeaaaa righttttt
and who is he? a God?

Bex said...

It's letting people get away with stuff like that that makes it slowly (or not so slowly in some places) become acceptable to make racist comments. I think it's gotten to a point where everyone knows that you shouldn't be racist, but if you make an offensive comment or wear a shirt like that, it's like you're being ironic or something :\

People are constantly told "don't be racist", "don't call that group of people by that name" but because it's not backed up with any kind of information, just "Don't do that!!" shouted at you, it's like you're being told off by a teacher or parent. So people are starting to rebel against this 'overboard political correctness'