• Wed, Feb 22 2012

Girls In Hiding After Racist YouTube Video Goes Viral

Gainseville High School RacistTwo teenage girls have been expelled from Gainesville High School after posting a racist video on YouTube. Their despicable rant, which goes on for a whopping 14 minutes, targets African-Americans with sickening statements such as, “You can understand what we are saying, our accents, we use actual words. Black people do not.”

Principal David Shelnutt refused to comment on the disciplinary action taken against the girls, but he did express his thoughts to WCJB-TV. “There’s no place for comments like that, that video, here at GHS,” he said. “There’s no place for that in the Alachua County Public School System, and my opinion, no place for that in society in general.”

Not surprisingly, the girls have received death threats in response to their video. And while they’re no longer students at the school, eight police officers were brought to the school to ensure everyone’s safety given the circumstances.

Meanwhile, the girls have gone into hiding, with one of them reportedly staying at a relative’s house while her mother’s at work. They’ve expressed remorse since their video went viral, and both girls – along with one of their parents – issued a formal apology in The Gainesville Sun on Monday. One statement reads:

I am one of the girls who were in the racist video that got posted. I’m writing this so that I can tell people how truly sorry I am. I could never, in a million years, have pictured this happening with me involved. I wasn’t raised to hate people for their race, and I still don’t. I made a horrible decision in being a part of this video, and not putting a stop to it myself. No matter someone’s opinions, racism is never appropriate of any kind, and for this many people to get hurt I am so sorry. I never wanted that.

There is no excuse for this video, and I won’t try to make any, but I never could have thought so many people would see it and that it would have this big of an effect on everyone. Seeing the video later on, I realized how bad it was and how ignorant we looked. I couldn’t believe it was myself that I was seeing. It seemed like another person. I cannot even defend myself for the video, because I know how stupid it was and how immature it made me look. I can only say how sorry for everything I am and take the consequences for my actions.

I know people are wanting to blame the parents for this, for our opinions and what we said, but I want it known that I wasn’t raised how I portrayed myself in that video. My parents never taught me hate or to judge someone like that. I honestly don’t know where that came from, but it was wrong no matter what. I understand how I sound in the video, but I’m not a racist person. I doubt anyone will believe that now but it’s true. I don’t see someone for their skin color only and hate them. I like to get to know everyone before passing judgment, but from now on I will just have to live with people’s preconceived notions of me, and I deserve that.

I’ve learned a lot from this experience, but most importantly that everyone has their own opinion, no matter what it is, but just because we have freedom of speech that doesn’t mean we should always use it. People need to be careful what they put on the internet because it could be life-changing. In closing this letter I just want to say again that I am so sorry for all of the people that got hurt over this video. There was no reason to make it, and I am horrified at my actions. [tagbox tag="racism"]

The second girl’s mother says her daughter has gone into depression, and she asks forgiveness from the community. She writes in part:

I am not or have ever been this way or taught any of my children to be this way. My family and circle of close friends include individuals of all ages, races, creeds, social economic backgrounds, religions, and genders. I am a single mother, struggling like many others in our community and our country today.

While we can never take back the words and actions that these 2 children have said, we have to start to heal and forgive IMMEDIATELY. Stop the violent threats to our homes and our children, stop the anger, because this will solve absolutely nothing, and most importantly, look at yourself for change and love. Everyone, including all parents and teenagers, must put in their part to STOP racism, no matter what color your skin may be. We have to practice forgiveness.

Of course, the big question everyone’s wondering is what would cause these girls to have such racial hatred in the first place. While watching the video, I was most surprised to see how flippant they were throughout – as if it’s no big deal to utter such derogatory slurs. Also, I hate to say it, but I question if they’re truly sorry for their actions – or the mere fact that they got caught.

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  • Clericsdaughter

    If I may make a broad generalization about a group of people, I’ll just say that the vast majority of teenagers are rock-stupid (and yes, I include myself when I was that age). While this doesn’t excuse their actions, I think it needs to be taken into account if people are advocating violence or revenge against them. Whether or not these girls are truly sorry for their actions now, they’re probably going to feel very different about it when they’re 35. It’s terrible to have a stigma for your entire life because of something you did when you weren’t exactly at your intellectual peak.

    That said, they certainly deserve to be called out, and it is a good thing that society as a whole is reviling this kind of behavior as an example to other young people. It’s just a shame that we can’t handle this sort of transgression without going overboard on the threats.

    • someone

      I applaud your comment.

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  • smooshy

    this makes me so sick this is second rasicts vid. i have seen about black ppl and yes im black my self but that’s not why im hurt. im hurt because everytime I think about rasicm its like we had to deal with that for years why are you brining it bak up? I dont believe they are sorry . I just think these gurls just feel stupid and I think some legal action should be put in

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  • Girl

    Every action has a reaction, that it is why we should take time to consider the reactions to our actions and decide whether or not those reactions will be worth it. If these two girls did not stop to consider the consequences of their action that is their own fault and some what the fault of their parents. Whatever happens to them is their own doing. KARMA works. I do not feel sorry for the “children” or their parents because they have recieved death threats. I don’t care if they are in depression, they have caused others to be in depression. They deserve what they get. The are reaping what they have sown. It is a hard lesson to learn and I am not convinced based on what I have read that they have learnt that lesson. unfortunately they will repeat these mistakes, but one thing is for sure their actions will haunt them for the rest of their lives until they have learnt what they needed to.

  • a9fc8yt3kd1

    “Of course, the big question everyone’s wondering is what would cause these girls to have such racial hatred in the first place.”

    Why is anyone wondering that? In the video, the two girls explained very clearly that they were basing all of their statements upon their own experiences with the black people in their community, and nothing more. They even admitted that their statements might not necessarily apply to black people in other communities, and didn’t even apply to ALL of the black people in their own community. We are constantly told that young people learn racist views from their parents and the media, and that if they just went out and met people of other races they would realize that they really weren’t all that different, and they would then stop being racist. Instead, I think what usually happens is that children are constantly taught by the media and by their parents that there are no behavioral differences between the different human races, and so they grow up believing that. Then, once those children reach a certain age and begin to experience the real world, they routinely observe people of different races behaving in ways which are very stereotypical of those races, and so they develop racist views, despite the media, their families and everyone else, purposefully teaching them not to be racist. It has been very well established scientifically that although nurture can influence an individual’s behavioral characteristics to a certain extent, that influence can only occur within bounds defined very narrowly by genetics, and also that although between individuals of any given race, there is usually some variation in the genetic predispositions toward certain behaviors, the overall frequency of certain levels of genetic predispositions toward certain behaviors can also vary considerably between different human races. In particular, there is very good evidence that genetic predispositions for delinquent behavior occur with greater frequency among blacks than among people of most other races. That probably partially explains those young women’s observations. Also, I have personally observed that poor neighborhoods, regardless of what race the majority of their inhabitants are, tend to act as catch-basins for all of the stupidest people of whatever race inhabits them. If you have a poor community inhabited primarily by white people, the smart white people will all move away, and only the stupidest white people will be left behind; if you have a poor community inhabited primarily by Asian people, the smart Asian people will all move away, and only the stupidest Asian people will be left behind; if you have a poor community inhabited primarily by Hispanic people, the smart Hispanic people will all move away, and only the stupidest Hispanic people will be left behind; and if you have a poor community inhabited primarily by black people, the smart black people will all move away, and only the stupidest black people will be left behind. When you factor the increased frequency, among black people, of genetic predispositions for delinquent and anti-social behavior, with the propensity of poor communities to act as human grease traps, naturally trapping and retaining all of the worst specimens of whatever races inhabit them, I think you have a very logical explanation for the observations of the two young women who posted that video.

  • http://www.facebook.com/romeo1890 Bed Rock

    I say kill your self no one cares about your apologies

  • Someone watching

    I actually dont care that shes ‘sorry’ unless she’s mentally retarded and has no control of her actions i couldnt care less. I dont think she is, she’s got what she deserved tbh shes only apologising because shes unhappy not because shes realised that being racist is one of the worst things you can be. I saw that video there was so much passion and rehearsal in their speech they meant every word of it. Let them continue hiding and being depressed like the rest of the racists out there. No one wants to see them.

    Theres no excuse for that kind of behaviour or thinking like the head teacher said. You post up ridiculously dumb shit on the internet of course its going to go viral and people will see. If they really didnt want people to see it they wouldnt have put it on the internet or are they just that dumb. I heard that school was actually a nice place with decent students of all races so i have no clue where they were getting that crap from. They offended and embarrassed an entire group of people, none of which they knew/know or will know at this rate and for what??

  • Ge Gadwa

    What the girls said and did was wrong. VERY WRONG!!! But I was shocked by the article. It said, “not surprisingly the girls and their families are receiving death threats”. Not surprisingly? As bad as what these girls did, does it warrant the death penalty as the hands of vigilanties? Are death threats really appropriate? My understanding is that the girls are being punished. This video will haunt these girls for the rest of their lives. But they are young girls. They did not commit a murder. I think that making death threats against teenage girls, terrifying them, is a worse behavior than the initial act itself. The death threats extend to the families when there is no evidence that the families had any culpability.

  • Jorge

    I’m sure these girls have finally learned their lesson. I don’t believe death should really get involved, because stupidity is something that a lot of teens suffer from (some worse then others). Yet if something did happen to them, I guess you can say that KARMA is still in affect.
    Sure most of us won’t go on some outrageous man hunt just because someone said some hurtful (or just plain stupid) things, but there are still a lot of us out there who will take anything seriously, whether it’s racism or not. I do not wish for these girls to go through so much torment, yet the situation is beyond my control, and of course this is their own fault more then anyone else.
    I can really not think of a good reason on why these girls made and posted such a video without me having to use the words “brain dead” or “lacking common sense”.
    When I was in Highschool, I remembered a similar situation like this, where a kid spoke bad about a kid who had recently died, saying that “he deserved death”. It was not long until he was chased by a large group of kid’s (even ones who don’t resolve violence) to the top floor of the school, only to get trapped from people coming from both sides of his hallway, which then resulted in a massive beating. Right now his reputation is starting to build back up, but at a low pace (plus he wasn’t the most likable person in the first place). I felt a bit sorry for him, but like I said, the situation was beyond my control, so it would be pointless to mourn for him.
    Yes, we’re living in times where racist videos and bad-mouthing the dead is not easily shrugged off, and these people should have developed some sort of common sense for this kind of stuff looooong before they’ve set foot in highschool.
    Freedom of speech itself can have it’s consequences, and only works against the government and law abiding citizens. If someone was truly determined to teach you a lesson, not even the law will be enough to save you. You must always keep that in mind, as we live in a planet full of many people, with different views in life.