A Racist Assistant Principal Who Needs To Be Fired

A Racist Assistant Principal Who Needs To Be Fired November 20, 2014

For those who think racism is no longer a problem, read this appalling story. An assistant principle from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia tweeted a picture of 7 couples going to prom, all the girls white and all the boys black. The caption: “every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare or not.” Seriously, WTF?

Students say it’s hurtful to see one of their school leaders tweet something like that.

“Me being a young African-American, I don’t think of myself as anyone’s worst nightmare,” said Michael Lemelle, a student at Booker T. Washington.

Washington and about a dozen other students walked out of school Monday to protest the issue. They say that’s the only way they feel they can be heard.

They have taken their concerns to other administrators and even the school board, but nothing has been done, yet.

“This was the only actual way we could get someone’s attention, was to walk outside. It shouldn’t have come to this, but she’s avoided all meetings and public speakings and emails, just avoided them all,” said Washington…

Shortly after 13News Now asked Norfolk Public Schools about the tweet, it disappeared. Later, the entire twitter account was deleted too. Students say since then, administrators haven’t done anything to resolve the issue. The students who protested don’t want to see anyone get fired, they just want the issue addressed.

“The students will even tell you, we don’t want her to be fired because everybody needs a job. Transfer her, punish her, do something to let us know it has not gone unnoticed,” said student Shakira Harris.

No, she needs to be fired. How anyone in her position could possibly think that was anything but inappropriate is completely beyond my comprehension.

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  • Loqi

    At a school named for Booker T. Washington, no less! That’s an extra helping of awful.

  • Larry

    Even an apology, probably insincere but miracles can happen, not accompanied by a resignation letter isn’t enough. That is simply a disgusting comment from someone with responsibilities for supervising teens. She has no business being in the education world and any attempts to rationalize this incident by the administration simply makes them compliant and worthy of being replaced as well.

  • caseloweraz

    Washington and about a dozen other students walked out of school Monday to protest the issue. They say that’s the only way they feel they can be heard.

    Nit: This looks like an error in the original story. It’s the only place the name “Washington” appears, other than in the name of the school.

  • caseloweraz

    Loqi: At a school named for Booker T. Washington, no less! That’s an extra helping of awful.

    Yep. Also an extra helping of irony, unmatched since 1982, when Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was banned as “racist trash” — by the Mark Twain Intermediate School of Fairfax County, Virginia. (See page 80 of Diane Ravitch’s The Language Police.)

  • I wonder if she would have posted the same thing about 7 white guys going out with 7 black girls. Probably not.

  • scienceavenger

    @5 Probably not, but I can tell you from personal experience (my white stepson dated a black girl) that there are still plenty of places in America where this can cause serious social problems, particularly from the older crowd, which no doubt is what the principal was referring to. It was quite an education for the entire family on how much racism still lives and breaths in America, as we observed the radically different treatment we got based on whether or not she was with us, often from people we deal with on a daily basis. And my money says most of those people would swear up and down that they aren’t racist.

  • alanb

    I don’t think she should be fired for her racism. I think that she should be fired for her stupidity. How any adult — in education or out — would think that it was a good idea to post something like that on social media is beyond me.

  • sugarfrosted

    Is the worst nightmare having the VP of my daughter’s school posting photos of my daughter online and criticizing her sexuality? since that is pretty high on that list.

  • Sastra

    If it wasn’t twitter, one might hope that this heading might precede a story firmly on the side of “not” — it is not the worst nightmare anymore and isn’t that wonderful! Still too provocative a headline and probably subject, but I can just barely imagine a somewhat tone deaf non-racist writer doing a pro-equality story. But twitter?

    Plus, the odds of my charitable reading are pretty low.

  • Danonymous

    The VP didn’t create the photo from students at the school and send out the tweet. She forwarded the tweet to her daughter (who went to prom with a black boyfriend). It was stupid and it was racist humor, but I don’t think it indicates that she is unsuitable for the job. I think she intended only her daughter to see it and laugh, not complain to the world that white girls are mixing with black boys, just another case of someone not understanding how social media works. It was twitter though, so she should be in hot water for being so tone deaf and clueless, but I don’t think she should be fired.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    What Danonymous said. She seems to have meant it ironically when she sent it to her daughter. But finding those with an irony deficiency in this country is like shooting fish in a barrel.

    I have images like this on my screensaver at home, because I find the racist musings of my fellow countrymen amusing at the same time I find them appalling, and I like to keep my finger on the pulse of the knuckle-dragging classes. But that is at home. At work it’s all pictures of Prague.

    So, yeah tone-deaf and perhaps not sophisticated with technology.

  • alanuk

    It has been said that the best way of saving face is to keep the lower half shut. I suppose that the modern equivalent is to not post on Twitter (the name says it all really), whose principal audience are those with the attention span of a dung beetle.

    An Assistant Principal (note the English spelling) is presumably an educator; her job is to make the kids think.

    “every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare or not.”

    Your typical dung beetle (sorry about stereotyping dung beetles) gets as far as nightmare, and then has a brain seizure. To leave out the last two words is to leave out a quarter of the message.

    50 years ago, the fathers would have called the Police who would have arrested the black youths (before or after beating them up). 100 years ago, the fathers would have gone out and lynched them themselves.

    Legally enforced segregation is still in living memory. The US is still a deeply divided country. Why does this tweet cause some people so much offence? Because it is making fun of their own hypocrisy.

    Calls for her resignation are just another manifestation of the lynch mob mentality.

  • EnlightenmentLiberal

    If it was just a tweet forward, and if there’s no other history of racist comments from the person, then in my very humble white-splaining opinion, an apology should be good enough.