Saturday, January 27, 2007

Hmmm....Maybe the Facebook Page *Wasn't* Such a Good Idea....

I was taking a rather circuitous route through BlogLand the other day, and came upon this story. Apparently, these students at Tarleton State University in Texas have a very funny (read: lame and disturbingly rascist) way of celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr Day.

According to The Smoking Gun, the students came to the party dressed in "gang attire", and one young female even came dressed as Aunt Jemima. The pictures feature party attendees eating fried chicken and what appear to be ribs. There are also many pictures of party participants drinking malt liquor.

The jig was up when the student head of the NAACP chapter at Tarleton discovered the photos on another student's Facebook page. When the student who had the photos on his page was contacted via email, he jabbered something barely intelligible about the party not being intended to be "rascist or discriminating." Yeah.

You know -- I've grown up in a city with rascism as a part of its inherent mix. Some people are open about their prejudices. The more dangerous of the species, by far, are those who hate in quiet. They're much more likely to grab a sniper rifle and head for a belltower. What bothers me most about this story is that these students have no clue that what they did was wrong. and what's more, they probably don't care.

16 comments:

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

I disagree. I think they KNOW what they did was wrong. They just didn't think anyone outside their little clique of racist friends would find out about it.

I looked at the pictures. What fireplacin' morons.

Old Lady said...

Whatever happened to Toga parties?

purple_kangaroo said...

ugh.

ccw said...

I agree with APL. I think they know it was wrong but didn't think word would get out.

One can only hope that some of them have "normal" parents who will choose to punish their kids for acting like complete fireplacin' idiots.

Scary to think they are the educated future of our country.

KLee said...

APL and CCW: I think you're both right. What I meant, but obviously didn't articulate well, was not that they thought they were total innocents in all this, but that they would not key into what was so offensive about it all. That they would wonder what everyone was getting so upset about. Like how people *know* they aren't supposed to exceed the speed limit or pad out their resumes, but often do anyway. They wouldn't see what was wrong with what they'd done, and really wouldn't care that people were upset. They'd only care that they got caught.

Anonymous said...

When I first read this post, I thought, "Oh yeah, I read about that a few months ago." Then I looked at the reference to a MLK party. Didn't another college in Texas get in trouble a few months back over troubling pictures of a party on a My Space page? I never did get to see those pictures, but from what I understood they were racially offensive as well. You would think people would have learned by now that the internet isn't a "private" place.

Yankee, Transferred said...

Very discouraging. What year is this????

Rev Dr Mom said...

The more pictures I looked at the angrier I got at these privileged white kids acting this way...

Gentleman-hobbs said...

Good lord! Spiffing blog by the way, read one again!

KLee said...

Anon -- now it seems there's been a similar incident at Clemson. What is WITH these people? Is it fireplacin' moron month, or something?

Absolutely disgusting.

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