UPDATE: One apologizes. For my perspective apology, no accepted.
The Daily News published this piece earlier today.
NY Daily News.com
Earlier in the week we published this piece about the Arizona students.
Another day, another exhibition of American Racism.
Oh, I can hear it now. "They are young, they are joshing around, they aren't racists." Of course, not; they are the overt manifestation of white privilege and the obvious offspring of parents who probably raised them with complete indifference to tolerance of people of color; in some cases possibly raised by parents who practice open bigotry and racism.
Now for more detail from the source that first draw my attention to the exhibition.
KJZZ 91.5 (Phoenix)
Phoenix Students Spell Out Racial Slur On T-Shirts, Leading To Social Media Outrage
Jan. 22, 2016
Of course, you know what is next. "I'm not racist!"
Sc the second from the left exhibitionist decided to respond to criticism via "proof" she has black friends; thus not a racist. What does she do? She appears to have reached back to what seems a grade school picture as a tool (proof). The "N" word image shows a much taller and more mature exhibitionist than the very obvious pre-pubic offender.
Another "What's next" item is, as predicted, "they are just kids.
Herewith is a typical dismissive response, and it is from an African-American.
......these are just kids, I don't care about their year book. in fact, let them have the photo. As an adult, people-matters are far more interesting than school yard politics. Take the presidential nomination, for example. Who will lead public policy for the next 4 years? Who will you elect? Doesn't that sound more interesting than a high school argument about racial language?
"..as an adult, people matters are far more interesting than schoolyard politics." If the young African-American commenter wasn't so accepting of public use of the "N": word VAI WHITEs, he would think more carefully and intelligently about his comments. He states "kids" with anticipation of more relevancy regarding adults (and the coming elections). If such behavior isn't checked and placed in a box of close scrutiny and scorn, said behavior repeats and proliferates and supports levels of such exhibition that have increased exponentially since President Obama took office in 2009. The young rationalizer fails to move his acceptance of the "language" and inherent harm the language does to people who are easily influenced, the very young and the level of offense to those who lived the word "Nigger": during a time when it carried additional potential baggage: lynching, land grabs, rapes and Jim Crow. Possibly the young rationalizer has grown to buy the hype of a musical genre (Hip HOP and Rap) that has so promulgated the use of indecent language the "N" word has become part of his paradigm. The scenario beckons a question. "What happens if the young rationalizer stands face to face with one fo the six young racist or all of the six and the word "nigger" is level to his sense of hearing and into his brain?" I doubt he would lecture the students in the merits of voting in the fall (Of course, the kids are too young to vote).
The young who grow unfettered or unchallenged for use of such an exhibition run the real risk of growing into what follows. It is a very familiar exhibition based on the reality of a guy headed to work, stopping at Family dollar to purchase a toothbrush, and the noise of his truck (as he started it) must have frightened the women's unattended kids. Notice the free and open use of the word "Nigger", and the reality her children while developing similarly.
A day later and after a visit from local police with word the truck driver could press charges, the woman went here.
As an after thought, it is worth noting the students live in a state in which the acceptance of national holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. was only enacted to accommodate securing the Super Bowl. It was the last state to sign-on in recognition of a national Civil right leader.
Yet, we are finding exhibitions (in various forms) of heinous racism in every state of the union.