• Thu, Feb 23 2012

Young Stars Of Yet Another Racist Youtube Video Drop Out Of School After Death Threats

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.”

(HuffPo)

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  • Danielle

    All I have to say to those girls is: “Welcome to the world of adults where actions have real consequences. I don’t pity you. I hope you learned a valuable lesson. Media is two way and so is karma.”

  • Holden

    How is this any different then any Newt Gingrich speech? Or Ron Paul newsletter?

    • Ebony

      Paul and Gingrich have more money… I don’t excuse them but I suppose the world does

  • Krissy

    I agree with the author of this article. What they said was repugnant, yes, but they are just teens.

    It might not be politically correct (at all), but they repeat over and over that it isn’t any race they dislike; they dislike people who abuse the welfare system (& various other things). As a taxpayer, I dislike people who abuse the welfare system, too. They’re not going on and on about “dirty Mexicans” who can “grab their burrito and get out of this country” like in one video, or ranting about Asians talking loudly on their cell phones like the other. (Not to mention the age difference between these girls and the girls in the other videos). Yes, they quoted Chris Rock & probably shouldn’t have. They were teens quoting a comedian. Yes, the used the word n***er way more than anyone should, ever. But again, they’re just teenagers.

    Yes, some of what they said is racist. However, it’s racist in a very childlike way. When they discuss his friend Marcel and talk about how he’s pretty much white, that’s racist – but in a very childlike way.

    The messages they received were awful. In fact, I think most of the messages they read aloud are way worse than anything they said in this video. I haven’t seen the original video, however.

    What they say really isn’t any different than everyday politics, minus, perhaps, the polish of a political speech. They definitely shouldn’t have their futures jeopardized over this.

    • Ebony

      I think you should take another look at the video and try viewing as though you were on the other end of the comments. As you could probably tell from my name, I am black. Though I do not feel these girls made any statements that could be backed up with proper evidence, I do feel as though they were attacking a specific race. I recognize that they made a statement about disregarding the educated black people in the world and they do not have any negative feelings about “those black people”, but the fact remains that they mentioned a race at all. Which does, in fact, make them racist. Yes, they are young, but consider the fact that they probably have black peers who attend their school or possibly live in their neighborhoods. Someone their age is probably not thinking “oh they’re just kids, its no biggie”. To their peers, they are racist and it is personal to them. They are equals and their words have power. The fact that they are young also means that these thoughts do not just belong to them. They learned them from somewhere…right? Don’t we claim to have raised them in a “post-racial” society?

      Their futures are jeopardized because they lack good judgment. Everything you did in public definitely played a part in your success or lack thereof, colleges pay attention to these things. You can be racist all you want in the privacy of your own home, but what you do in public also represents any organization/institution you are apart of.
      There is no such thing as racism “in a child-like way”. No matter how old you are, what you know, who you know, or what kind of money you have, racism is ONLY an example of your lack of social skills and critical thinking. I can honestly say that even at 15, I was more interested in educating myself before having and stating an opinion. There is no one race that abuses welfare, lets be clear, the majority of the wealth lies in the hands of those that lack melanin. Lets also be clear that the majority of those that receive welfare are also in that same group. So it is only logical that the majority of those that abuse welfare can not be those with an abundance of melanin. The fact that they do abuse welfare, ABSOLUTELY has nothing to do with the amount of melanin produced in their bodies. This is not a judgment on any behalf. Frankly, I’m sure that the abuse of welfare is not the problem in this country. What they choose to do, good or bad, affects their karma, not mine. However, I refuse to let any one human being go hungry because of possible abuse of welfare.
      And their friend who is “pretty much white”, is something that is much deeper than just the surface racism that they so boldly presented to the world, this is something that is deeply ingrained our (western) society, the belief that one culture has more value than the other is the only way to explain why they (as well as other people who say things like that) thought that was a completely acceptable thing to say.
      The only reason I would almost even blink and excuse them is because this is ingrained so deeply in our society, that we allow things like this to happen all of the time (think any media outlet that ever existed, yes, even BET)
      My apologies for writing you a dissertation…

  • Krissy

    I’d also just like to note that this article made me like The Gloss even more than I had before :)

  • Chelsea

    This whole, “They’re just kids” thing is such bull. If you can make a video and post it on youtube, then I think you’re old enough to deal with the consequences. Pardoning their words as being “racist in a childlike” way is equally problematic. Racism is still racism no matter who it is coming from. And if you have to say, “I’m not racist” then you probably are.
    This is probably the most ridiculous article on this matter I’ve seen.
    “Oh, they didn’t know any better that posting a video with racist comments on it would be frowned upon. Poor them. They’re just kids.”
    No. That’s one of the major problems is trying to excuse someone because “they didn’t know any better”.

  • reggie

    Another shining example of why States need to start requiring internet literacy classes. You’d think this generation of kids would know the consequences of putting something on the web. It’s like putting up a billboard of yourself and your words…all over town. and even if you think better of it and take it down, someone has already copied it and put up even more billboards in new towns.

    I really don’t think this concept registered. The internet is not a toy, it’s not a journal, a novel, a diary. It’s a public forum. ACT LIKE IT.

  • Aj

    So because these girls happen to be just under the age of 18, they’re just kids and we should essentially dismiss their actions as such. But the UCLA girl, who was forced to drop out of her school for the same reasons as these girls for doing the same type of thing, deserves to be persecuted more so because she’s considered an adult despite the fact that should couldn’t be more than 22?

    I’m sorry, but I really don’t consider college-age people to be truly adults either, irregardless of what the law says, (walk into any college bar at 1 am if you need an example) The brain doesn’t stop growing until age 25. And it’s becoming quite clear that our society is trending to extend the childhood span beyond that of 18 years with our escalating education standards.

    But frankly, I don’t care that what anyone considers a kid or an adult. It does not take a so-called “adult” to understand these days that if you put something out on a public forum, the public will in fact see it. Even if this video didn’t blow up, they should have at least expected their school to see it, and personally I would be more afraid of the people I come in direct contact everyday at school than I would be of some outraged youtube/forum viewer across the country.

    I’m tired of treating the kids in our country as if they were completely brain dead. Just because your brain isn’t done developing doesn’t mean you are absolutely void of the ability to comprehend actions and consequences. Rebecca Black got worse treatment for putting out that song and she’s only 13, and I barely saw anyone defending her. But yeah, we definitely need to protect the racists?

  • Summer

    What these girls did was unacceptable and an attack on an entire community. I have no pity for them just because they’re “young.” They’re intolerant and disgusting.