Give me an R! Give me an A!

Dear Joel,

Some high school girls--some beautiful blonde-haired, white cheerleaders–in the public school district where I live here in Utah have made national news recently for posting a video of themselves chanting “F—- N—-” on Instagram. The school district has claimed to be “shocked,”–just shocked!–at the incident.

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Last year around this time, some lovely white women from Arkansas State University, where I teach, made the news for showing up to a sorority event dressed as cholas and wearing t-shirts that looked like a brick wall as part of a “Build The Wall” costume, referencing Donald Trump’s xenophobic plan to wall of Mexico.  Responding to the charge that her behavior was racist, student Samantha Overby demonstrated a frighteningly stupid, bratty interpretation of the First Amendment when she announced both that “I have the right to my opinion and the right to express those opinions publicly” and “I will not be criticized for my political opinion” in the same Tweet. A-State declined to comment on the matter.

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And last November, the University of Kansas saw a cheerleader post an image of three men from the spirit quad some in KU sweatshirts signaling support for the KKK in a pro-Trump Snapchat post.

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I’m starting to see a pattern:

I live among racists–whatever part of that country I live in.

Young white people are so entitled that they cannot envision that they will face backlash for being publicly racist.

I don’t know if racism is worse among the cheerleading/sorority sister types, but these three cases are a good reminder that poor rural whites aren’t our real problem. It’s middle class suburbanites. 




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