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North Carolina High School Coach Resigns After Sharing Video Of Himself Yelling ‘White Power’ And Calling Players N-Word

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WARNING: the article contains video of racist language-NSFW

A high school football coaching assistant from North Carolina said for the record that he is not a racist.

But his actions—that cost the 32-year-old his job—indicate otherwise.

John Hoskins, who was an assistant coach at Knightdale High School in Wake County, North Carolina, posted a video on social media where he is seen yelling, “White power!” followed by a racial slur.

While Hoskins eventually took the video down, the internet is forever.

Watch the video here with headphones if you don’t want racial slurs coming from your speakers.

In an interview with WTVD-TV, Hoskins said:

“Just to set the record, I’m not racist. I don’t mean it in a negative way.”

Watch Hoskins WTVD interview here:

Hoskins posted the video after a victory. 

He later celebrated with his White and Black friends where he shouted the racial slur.

 

The former assistant coach claimed that, over the years, his Black friends said it was okay to use the slur as it was classified among friends as locker room talk.

Now, his indiscretion cost him his job.

“Fifteen seconds of fame in the wrong way. I’ve ruined the last 12 years of my career.”

Hoskins’s letter of resignation read:

“I John Phillip Hoskins resign effective immediately as a football coach from Knightdale High School. I’m sorry, Love you guys! 1.Mind 1.Heart 1.soul STATE! 11-3-2019”

People were incredulous about any Black friends allowing him to use the racial epithet.

He told the news station that he means nothing by the N-word and that it occasionally “slips” in conversation.

“I guess I’ve been around them for so long. We’re friends. I mean nothing from it.”

“The word can be used in multiple ways. They treat me as any of their own friends.”

“They joke around. We joke around. They walk up to me and say it. ‘Hey coach, just say it. You’re a good coach. Just say it.’ Once in a while, it slips.”

“Once a year, it slips. To have them smile and laugh. Besides that, I mean nothing from it.”

What kind of message does this send to teens?

A rational adult would know better.

The Huffington Post shared Knightdale principal Keith Richardson’s letter to parents after he accepted Hoskins’s resignation.

“I was made aware of a disturbing video showing an assistant coach on our football team making racist comments at a local establishment on Saturday night.”

“While he was not a teacher or full-time staff member at our school, I was greatly dismayed and disappointed to see this type of behavior and mindset from someone in a position of trust.”

“John Hoskins has resigned and is no longer affiliated with our school or our football team.”

At the latest school board meeting, Chair Jim Martin acknowledged the situation.

“Again, a very significant and severe racist incident occurred over the weekend. From this board, I want it to be clear that any such racist engagements, whether it’s from staff or students, are inappropriate, not accepted and wrong.”

“I want to acknowledge it and thank Superintendent (Cathy) Moore for engaging right away. Action has been taken and we will continue to move forward in this collective work for all of us to build a school system that is welcoming and frankly worthy of all the citizens of Wake County.”

It’s 2019. If you have to ask if you can use a word, you can’t use that word.

The book The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why is available here.

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Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1