This video of teenage girls screaming racial slurs is being investigated
A ten-second video of five girls from Weber High School, in Utah, has outraged a community and the local NAACP for its brazen racism. Surely, there is casual and deliberate racism. Unconscious and conscious. But uploading a video to Instagram featuring you and four friends screaming the n-word, well, you just have to be downright dumb to believe that nothing will come of it, or that it's going to be received as 'funny' by your black classmates.
Today, some people act as if there are zero consequences for the most outrageous actions. Perhaps not for the President, but for high school girls, absolutely. The NAACP is demanding a "harsh punishment", and the girls, who are on the cheerleading squad, may lose their spots.
You can watch the video here, but warning, it has some very obscene language that's hard to understand exactly where it's coming from. A boy from the school unearthed the Instagram video when he posted it onto Twitter, shocked at the actions of his classmates:
It's rather shocking to see an entire car full of white girls screaming racial slurs with a smile on their face. It's as if there's no shame, or any self-awareness whatsoever. Apparently, the video was recorded a year ago, and was a reversed audio the girls had made. They got the sound by shouting something unknown, and then reversed it in audio app to get the n-word. They then posted this reversed audio onto Instagram, for public viewing.
People on Twitter were understandably angry, and yet they didn't have much hope that any justice would be served. If anything, the boy who leaked the video would be the one punished, but we hope that doesn't happen:
A number of statements have been made. Lane Findlay, a spokesman for the school, made a typical generic statement:
"Racism, whether intentional or not, has no place in our schools or society. Certainly, there are no excuses for this type of behavior, but they are still children in a sense and hopefully this will be a learning experience for them and others."
Meanwhile, Jeanetta Williams, who is the President of the NAACP's Idaho, Utah and Nevada area, said:
"They knew what they were doing it. They did it, and they posted it. If they had any type of concerns about other people's feelings or about what other people would think they wouldn't have been laughing."
Williams proposes a suspension from the cheerleading squad, as a minimum punishment for these girls. "A strong lesson needs to be sent to them," she had said. "It seems like our work is never done."
What do you think? Surely suspending them from the cheerleading squad would send a message, and suspending them from the school itself would be a big statement. Whatever comes of this, it's quite absurd that these girls thought that their Instagram followers would be okay with this, especially their fellow classmates. Thankfully one of them saw fit to call it out.