Meanwhile In Indiana, A HS Kid Called A Visiting Indianapolis Colts’ Cheerleader ‘Ni***r’
Time to play 'Name That State!' Members of an NFL cheerleading squad visited a high school that won the team's blood drive charity event, and took some pictures with the kids. Good so far. But one of the students who posted a shot on Facebook wrote the caption:
'Of course [fellow student] put me next to the ni***r." (He spelled out the racist epithet).
— The Root (@TheRoot) December 18, 2016
Of course those are Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders, and the school is Western High School in Russiaville, Indiana. We also have the name of the kid on the right, but why bother? Hopefully he's suffering enough grief.
The cheerleader, Leanna (NFL teams typically don't give out their cheerleaders' last names), told Fox59, Indianapolis:
"There's some hurt but I really have to commend my parents for the way they raised me, prepared me for this. Despite how people treat you, you're to always treat others with kindness and love," said Leanna.
Leanna says the young man apologized, and it's thanks to her faith that she was able to not feel angry.
"This is an act of ignorance and he's a kid and he made a mistake and I don't think it was personal. It was in my nature to just forgive him and pray for him and pray for everybody who was hurt by it," she said.
It's not often that one person can make an entire NFL organization, and herself, look good at the same time, but Leanna did it right there. Well done, Colts: I see you go not only for good looks, but brains and character as well.
As for Indiana -- would you see me in my office, please?
Western Schools Superintendent Randy McCracken issued the following statement:
"We were made aware of the racist post (Wednesday) evening. This type of behavior is extremely offensive, unacceptable and disgraceful, and will not be tolerated at Western School Corporation. I apologize profusely on behalf of the school corporation and can promise this matter will be addressed immediately. There is no excuse for this type of behavior."
McCracken later said that the student has been "severely" reprimanded.
But of course what's left unsaid is that absolutely no one is surprised that this happened in Indiana, where the problem goes a lot deeper than one kid with Facebook Tourettes. This is more likely endemic and culturally embedded -- or is McCracken saying that it totally comes as news to him that a student in rural Indiana would refer to a black woman in this way?
As for the kid's apology? Hilarious. Unless you're visited by Jacob Marley and three spirits overnight, you don't become non-racist in one day. Just like you don't become non-gay with shock therapy. Right, Pence?
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