It would seem Spain Park High School in Hoover, Alabama is doing its best to win the “Most Racist” award in some sort of county or statewide competition.
Just a few months after separate incidents involving a teacher and a student casually using the n-word and a third incident that had a teacher being disciplined for saying black football players don’t belong on the field, a video surfaced showing Alabama students from the same school district as the other incidents making some very anti-semitic and racist comments.
What are you doing, Hoover?
Watch the video here:
— Cami (@CamiyaMccary) March 4, 2019
In the video one of the students asks the others:
“Without the Holocaust, what would the world be like?”
A girl responds saying:
“We wouldn’t have white people still. All the n***ers would be not here.”
Another student chimes in with:
“Jews would run the world!”
The Alabama students continue saying these racist and hateful things, with one suggesting black people be placed in concentration camps.
It is important to point out these kinds of acts, as they can grow and spread when allowed to fester in secret.
Anyone who is shocked by racist, anti-semitic outbursts of white supremacists in America hasn't been paying attention. They've been here.
— Drew Gibson (@SuppressThis) March 6, 2019
make this go viral, racism has no place in todays society and they deserve the world to see what scum they really are https://t.co/7ao4xE0euH
— sydney lessard (@SydLessard) March 6, 2019
I did not witness this kind of behavior when I was in school, but I have no doubt it happened. Hoover was far whiter then, and that tends to pair with even more of this deplorable behavior. https://t.co/IK3lVsVoI4
— BCosterison (@BCosterison) March 5, 2019
Hmmmmm….I bet they dont have black friends and Jewish friends after this video…from Alabama https://t.co/eIEGcZQw66
— 617 Da CirCle BOSTON (@617DaCirCleBOST) March 5, 2019
After the video went viral, the district sent a message out to parents warning them of its content.
“Although it was not part of any school function, the conduct in question is in direct conflict with our school system’s values and its mission. Our school administrators are carefully investigating the situation in order to assess our options under the Code of Student Conduct.
“In the meantime, the Hoover school community may be assured that the Board, together with its administrative and instructional staff, remains steadfastly committed to maintaining and strengthening a school culture that encourages and embraces diversity, inclusiveness, and tolerance.”
The school board took Tuesday to address the issue, allowing teachers to use time to talk about and have discussions over the content. In addition, they had assemblies for each grade to discuss the issue of racism.
Student Connor Welch told AL.com that the principal, Larry Giangrosso, didn’t directly address the problem in the first assembly.
“He talked in code. I told Mr. G I think that was a failed opportunity to really address the issue, which was racism.”
In the senior assembly, things went differently, with the principal calling the actions racism. After, he turned the assembly over to black students to share their thoughts and experiences.
It’s not the best step forward, but it’s a start.
For those who claim we live in a “post racial” society or that young people today aren’t racist: pay attention! Fellow white folk— this is on us! Alabama high school students filmed using racial slurs #childrenlearnwhattheylive #whitefolkwork #BLM #WP4BL https://t.co/gD85UhS2oQ
— Karen Stover Stewart (@kstostew) March 5, 2019
— Khadijah White (@khadastrophic) March 6, 2019
How weird that a bunch of teens from Hoover, AL would be racist. Where on earth would they learn that, except from their parents and friends' parents because they literally live in the county that gutted the Voting Rights Acthttps://t.co/tBNANDPEC7
— Bob James (@robertjamesii) March 6, 2019
Kids are not born with this hate. They don't even know the history. Some ignorant azz people are teaching Hate. Just because your parents teach it or society teaches it. DOESN'T MAKE IT RIGHT. DON'T GO TO HELL LISTENING TO OTHERS. IF IT DONT FEEL RIGHT… https://t.co/AxbkyPdNsk
— Barbara Shaw (@fiftyfab) March 5, 2019
Gordon Stewart is the parent of one of the Alabama students in the video and also happens to own one of the largest car dealerships in the area.
He sent out a tweet apologizing for her actions.
An important message from Gordon Stewart, Owner of Hoover Toyota. pic.twitter.com/BbgDDz4Ck3
— Hoover Toyota (@Hoovertoyota) March 4, 2019
In it, he claims this does not represent his family, or his daughter’s true feelings and she apologizes for her “insensitivities.”
However, there is a sense of justification in the apology. While it is acknowledged she said the things she said, as usual her words and choices were completely “outside her character.”
No one can tell you for certain if that’s true. But they can say no more excuses leading to free passes for bigotry.
While her personal choices and the personal choices of all of the videos participants may go against their parent’s values or the morals they tried to impart, these young people still made a conscious choice to not only say what they did, but to film it. And some aspect of their characters thought it was OK.
We need stronger education on empathy.
— Huck L. Barry 🇺🇸⚓🗽 (@barry_huck) March 5, 2019
I DONT USUALLY POST CRAP LIKE THIS BUT ITS IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE KNOW THIS IS OUR YOUTH AND RACISM IS STILL REAL IN 2019. “SICK” PARENTS GET CONTROL OF YOUR KIDS. https://t.co/aleIjVSGf4
— John Burke (@therealjohnb4) March 4, 2019
No wonder Trump wants Alabama to get the A+ treatment from FEMA. he thinks exactly like them. Both are damn racist and seemed to be proud of ithttps://t.co/faarm4HMO0
— Gary (@rgary68) March 5, 2019