"Look Who's Leaving! All the Black People!"
by rickykoch1 on September 8, 2015 - 3:07pm
In the article entitled "School Principal Fired after Racist Remarks about 'black people' at Graduation," written by Hilary Hanson, published on May 5th 2105, posted on the Huffington Post, talks about a women named Nancy Gordeuk, a school principal being fired after making racist remarks about 'black people' at a high school graduation. During the graduation, Gordeuk accidentally dismissed the crowd before letting th valedictorian give their speech. Gordeuk asked and tried to keep the families from leaving. In the article, it does not stat whether the families heard Gordeuk asking them to stay. Feeling frustrated Gordeuk later then went on a rant which then led to her to say something racist. After the families heard her making that racist comment, families quickly left the ceremony. Gordeuk later went onto NBC news to tell her side of the story. Basically she says that she didn't realize the term she used was racist. she said that she only stating the obvious which was that 'black people' were the only ones leaving. Gordeuk later on sent an email to all of the families asking for forgiveness but no response from any families.
In my opinion, I believe that the families did have a right to react the way they did. I don’t think that Gordeuk is necessarily a racist but, seeing that she is a school principle, she could've reacted a bit better rather than blurting out something she’d later regret. During the ceremony, Gordeuk says “look who’s leaving! All the black people!” She could've definitely worded this better. She could've just said “look at all the people leaving,” instead she had to add something that was completely irrelevant. I think that someone without any knowledge of the current anthropological view of “race” will interpret the lady in this article as a racist. I think we shouldn't categorize people into certain race, or make racial stereotypes. This can be connected to Jared Diamond. He says that we shouldn't classify people into specific categories just based on their looks and I strongly agree with him. One of the strengths of this article is that they show how one single racist comment can get people talking. Gordeuk spoke without thinking and now she's receiving a lot of hate. This just shows what type of society we've become. When someone says something racist we make them feel horrible about it. One of the weaknesses of this article is that we only have one side of the story. They didn't interview the family’s side, they only interviewed Gordeuk which I personally think is bad. I would've preferred if they could've had both sides of the story. I strongly believe that we shouldn't put people into specific categories. I also believe that we should watch what we say, even if we say racist jokes to our friends, racism isn't funny. I also believe that we shouldn't make stereotypical comments. I already received comments that I find are offensive. I am an Asian girl and I often get stereotypical comments saying “but you're Asian, you're supposed to be good in math, you're supposed to love math,” false. I suck in math and I hate math. In conclusion, I hope that people will think before they speak and that we shouldn't put labels on people.
Hanson, H. (2015, May 5) “School Principal Fired After Racist Remark About 'Black People' At Graduation.” Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/14/nancy-gordeuk-fired-racist-graduation_n_7283774.html
Diamond, J. (2015). Race Without Color. A. Nouvet, 381-204-LA gr.00545: The Myth of Race and the Reality of Racism.