October 18, 2017
Utah teens chanting the n-word (Instagram Screenshot)
Racism hits the heartland in the form of cheery, blonde cheerleaders gleefully chanting the n-word.
Recently, a gaggle of Utah high school teens got caught on video chanting “fucking niggers,” in a widely shared Instagram video.
The Ogden, Utah, school district is reportedly investigating the juniors and seniors from Weber High School, who repeated the racial slur while laughing.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that that three of the girls involved are on the cheerleading team.
Weber School District spokesman Lane Findlay seemed to whitesplain the girls’ actions by first noting that the incident didn’t happen on school property, and that they were possibly saying “serggin cuff,” a phrase posted as the caption. They then edited the video to play backward to produce the racial epithet.
(insert thinking face face palm emoji here).
The district also released a statement saying it was “shocked by the conduct of these students.”
“School officials have started an investigation and the matter is being taken very seriously. We are trying to determine when the video was made, where it was filmed, why the students would engage in such conduct, and how the clip ended up on social media.”
Findlay said that girls could face anything from counseling and being kicked off the cheerleading team to expulsion from school.
More whitesplaining in an updated statement:
“We also wish to remind everyone that these are kids, and sometimes kids do really stupid things without thinking,” the district’s statement reads.
“Certainly, there are no excuses for this type of behavior, but they are still children in a sense and hopefully this will be a learning experience for them and others.”
What will black students learn from this?
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