Christian Principal: The Devil Made Me Say Racist Things

You’ve probably heard by now about the Christian principal of a private school in Georgia who screwed up and dismissed a graduation ceremony before the valedictorian could speak. Naturally, people started milling around and walking out, which prompted this response, caught on video:

But that isn’t the best part. She admits that what she said was racist (but of course, she’s totally not racist), but said the devil made her do it:

Shortly after videos of the event went viral, Gordeuk apologized in an e-mail to parents.

“A terrible mistake on my part of the graduation ceremony on Friday night,” Gordeuk wrote, according to WXIA in Atlanta. “The devil was in the house and came out from my mouth. I deeply apologize for my racist comment and hope that forgiveness in in your hearts.”

Yep, that oughta make it all better.

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  • StevoR

    Teh Debbil mede me do it!!

    Still the worst excuse ever!

    Still seeing as Satan is apparently racist maybe that’ll lead the Christians like her to fight racism more can we hope?

  • John Pieret

    Demon rum might explain not having the valedictorian give his speech before ending the ceremony …

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Ahh, that classic black stereotype! They are ALWAYS leaving places!! So typical!

  • Saad

    The devil was in the house…

    She totally should have said hizouse.

  • Artor

    The devil came out of her mouth? When did he come in there in the first place? Was it consentual?

  • garnetstar

    Her excuse is all the less compelling after her adult son got on Facebook in an attempt to defend her and used the n-word to refer to her critics.

  • alanb

    And here is some weapons-grade cluelessness:

    But Gordeuk said Monday that she doesn’t understand the uproar. She said she’s not a racist and doesn’t think what she said was racist. “I didn’t know ‘black people’ was a racist term. I didn’t say the N-word or anything like that ’cause that isn’t in my vocabulary,” Gordeuk said.

    Gordeuk said she has received angry emails and wonders whether it’s her choice of words that made people so angry. “People always think the worst, you know. You say the word ‘black,’ you know. Was I supposed to say African-American? Were they all born in Africa? No, they’re Americans,” she said.

    On Saturday, Gordeuk also defended her choice to call out the black people. “When I looked up, all I saw was black families leaving, and thus the comment,” she said.

  • bmiller

    Ah, you guys are being unfair! You just have to understand that the WHOLE POINT of Southern “Christian” schools is to escape the blacks and the poors. She is jsut reflecting her environment.

  • scienceavenger

    Gordeuk said she has received angry emails and wonders whether it’s her choice of words that made people so angry. “People always think the worst, you know. You say the word ‘black,’ you know. Was I supposed to say African-American?”

    No, you weren’t supposed to say anything. That you chose to focus on the race of [many? most? some?] people leaving is what is at issue. The particular words you chose were immaterial. Sort of like when I say of course it was a good Christian that said such a stupid thing…

  • eric

    On Saturday, Gordeuk also defended her choice to call out the black people. “When I looked up, all I saw was black families leaving, and thus the comment,” she said.

    M. Night Shaymalan should make a movie out of her life. The Southern Sense: “I see black people.”

  • scienceavenger

    The best response I’ve heard so far was a commentor on the Chris Hayes show who said [paraphrased from memory] if she’s got the devil in her mouth, she’s not qualified to be running a school, she’s qualified for early retirement.

  • Trebuchet

    As a Northwesterner, I totally misread “Gordeuk” as “geoduck”. They both display about the same level of intelligence, too.

  • moarscienceplz

    I’m pretty sure her religious beliefs entail that she will stand before Jesus and have to give an accounting of how she led her life. Is this the defense she’s planning to use at that time too?

  • Kermit Sansoo

    To be fair, most of them may have been black. [shrug] I’ll bet most were adults, and parents, and Americans, family members, high school graduates, literate, employed, and Christian. Can’t trust those literate Christians to not leave early. After all, most scoundrels, miscreants, villains, liars, and embezzlers are Christian. At least in this country, the only one that counts. I’m sure there’s a good explanation for why she picked that characteristic over the other equally obvious ones.

  • laurentweppe

    But that isn’t the best part. She admits that what she said was racist (but of course, she’s totally not racist), but said the devil made her do it:

    Sooooo, she’s acknowledging that racism is inherently wicked. Progress is being made! At this rate, give them three more centuries, and Americans fundies will be as harmless as most french Catholics.

  • grumpyoldfart

    “The devil made me do it” will be acceptable to all Christians because it is a excuse they intend to use themselves whenever they fuck up. (I’ll believe you today, but you’ve got to believe me tomorrow.)

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    “The devil made me do it.” Now that’s what you call ‘personal responsibility’ that right-wingers are so fond of.

  • mithrandir

    Though I had heard about the incident before, I first heard the woman’s actual statement in context, and her defense afterward, on the Nightly Show. And I was gratified to see one of the panelists echo my own sentiment – paraphrased: “If the devil came out of your mouth, he must’ve been in there to begin with.”

    You don’t say racist things unless there are racist thoughts in your mind to prompt them. And you can’t address the racism in your thoughts if you refuse to recognize it as such (witness the “I didn’t know ‘black’ was a racist word” remark).

    On the other hand, the Nightly Show panel did make another point: maybe the black families really were the first to get up and leave. I mean, if you’d been subjected to this woman as the principal of your kid’s school for three years, wouldn’t you want to get out of there just as fast as you possibly could?