A pair of white female students at Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas are in hot water after a rap track about lynching Black boys they recorded surfaced. The two students have written apologies to their friends and others students, but shifted the blame onto society for their racist and offensive lyrics.
The girls, now juniors, recorded the song two years ago when they were freshmen. The song is heavy with the use of the “n-word” and threatens Blacks boys with lynching if they approached them because they found the girls attractive.
The Daily KOS reported that officials at Grapevine High just learned of the track, issuing a letter to parents who should have legit concerns that these racists-in-training are attending the school to this day. The letter notes that students at Grapevine were the ones who distributed the song amongst each other and mentioned it was posted to social media in June 2013 initially. Grapevine Principal Shannon Towar praised her students in addressing the matter head on.
The girls in question, however, are a different story. Instead of owning the situation after being caught red-handed, their weak apology letters naturally are set to the “We’re Not Racists” drumbeat. But one of the girls wrote something that really depicts the fact she clearly doesn’t understand the gravity of the situation at hand.
From the letter by way of The Daily KOS:
It was a freestyle, meaning I just said whatever came to my head that would make people laugh. At this time in our lives, racism was not the talk of the country nor had we ever witnessed the true power of social media, twitter was still fresh and we had never heard of anyone getting in trouble for posting anything on social media, it was the beginning of this social era. I was 14 years old and was ignorant to the words coming out of my mouth. As kids, we hear racist jokes all times of the day. It’s what we’re around, it’s the jokes we heard.
Teachers, Parents, and Students who have known me for many years know that this is the furthest representation of my character possible. In my own home, my entire life I have never heard a foul or judgemental word for another race ever leave my parents’ mouths. I myself have witnessed others spit racial slurs or comments and have been completely dumbfounded to the point of tears. The person I am, the person I will now be remembered as, the person who would do anything to take back the words that have hurt and offended so many has accepted the fact that when people are hurt, they want someone to be held responsible. They need someone punished.
So instead of taking full responsibility in knowing right from wrong at age 14, the same ability many learn by age 4, Grapevine High Girl #2 plays the victim of the racism she’s “witnessed” outside her home instead of fully owning her folly. She’s also pretty concerned about her image, giving the fancy damage control she’s got going on here. So she’s right, someone does need to be held responsible and if you commit the act, that’s just part of the package.
Grapevine High officials have no plans to pursue further actions against the unnamed girls as the recording took place when school was not in session. Hopefully, they truly did learn a lesson and spread the word that racist rapping is still racism, freestyle fun or not.
If you must, go to the next page to hear the song.
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