Another day, another couple kids stupidly doing real damage to their futures without even realizing it. The latest version has two minors from Gainesville, Fla., posting this marathon screed to YouTube. In the wake of the video going viral, the girls have received death threats, forcing them out of school. “Our lives have changed totally, 180 degrees,” said the mother of one of the girls, “This has made her an adult really quick.”
Normally when this happens (remember her? and these two?), we’re right on the outrage bandwagon, but in this case–even though what they’re saying is ignorant to the point of being repugnant–these are kids. Kids say dumb, repugnant things all the time… and for more reasons than that they actually believe what they’re saying. Is it fair when unchecked bad judgment as a teenager affects the rest of your life? What kind of punishment is even appropriate in this case?
One girl has issued her own apology:
“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 … “
The other, via her mother:
“While we can never take back the words and actions that these two 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.”