The Huffington Post reports that a pair of Florida high school girls caught in a Youtube rant against black people have left their school and apologized. The girls had previously been the target of death threats over their video (Warning – contains very strong language):
One of the girls — whose name has been withheld by the local paper — has apologized in print:
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.
The video itself is apparently a response to hate mail that the primary speaker in the video got over a “racist post.” Much of that hate mail, ironically enough, also contains racial slurs, with several people calling the girl either a “s–c” or “dirty taco eater,” and one even targeting Hispanics for their Catholicism by accusing her of following “pedophile priests.” Also, despite several injunctions to “go back to Mexico,” neither of the girls is Mexican, though one is the descendant of Cuban refugees.
The girls also make a seemingly inconsistent attempt to disavow any hatred for black people, claiming instead that they only hate black people who “can’t talk right” and “drop out of high school” in order to go on welfare, raise children and “work at McDonald’s.” Black dialects are a major target of the girls’ ire, as they repeatedly and mockingly use Ebonics throughout the video.
Midway through the video, the girls begin dropping the n-word, though in a bewildering twist, they do so in order to explain why they’re not racist. “It’s not even black people themselves, it’s the n——s, there’s a difference,” the girls say in synchronicity. “There’s black people, they’re fine, they’re educated, they go to school, they do what they have to do, then there’s n—–s, who can’t talk right, they keep having kids, they can’t get jobs, there’s a difference.” Later in the video, the girls clarify that “n—–s” is a term of convenience for “ghetto” black people.
Though the usage of the racial slur will undoubtedly shock some, this distinction does not originate with the girls in the video. Rather, it originates with black comedian Chris Rock:
“There’s a civil war going on with black people – there’s black people, and there’s n—–s, and every time black people want to have a good time, n—–s f–k it up,” Chris Rock says in the routine. “Man, I love black people, but I hate n—–s, I wish they’d let me join the Ku Klux Klan!”