We don’t know quite what to say, but we need to say something.
We want to understand why this really bad thing keeps happening with some of your kids, why they are in the news again for shouting vile and unspeakable racial slurs like some kind of awful vision from what needs to be America’s past, but what they keep reminding us is America’s all too backward present.
Bigotry, racism, narrow-mindedness — that isn’t what Southlake or Carroll ISD should be known for. But in the latest video to hit the news, we again see young people from Carroll ISD using the word casually and foully. Every time one of these foolish young people opens her mouth and spits out this trash, she spits it all over your city and school district. She spits it on us, too.
Southlake Mayor Laura Hill has said a lot of the right things, that the adults need to take this on, that the problem of bigotry starts at home.
That’s true. But, as Hill notes, it’s incumbent on a community to condemn it. And Hill is right that people in Southlake “had better wake the heck up.”
The trouble is that bad news always spreads a lot faster than good news. For Southlake, the problem now is that what once was whispered about the town is now said out loud and often. Turn on the radio, and if they’re talking about Southlake, it won’t be how good the football team is. Click on Facebook, and it isn’t about the soaring property values.
Hill says she “will not allow this to become a beatdown on Southlake again.”
Trouble is, that isn’t really up to Hill. It’s up to the school kids who, for reasons we can guess at but don’t really know, have decided this sort of hate speech is not only all right but that it’s so acceptable they can shout it to the hills.
The girl on the most recent video seems like she is celebrating some kind of liberation to scream this word. In truth, she is mindlessly salting America’s deepest wound.
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SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News