Racist or just clueless?
by gabslheureux on September 9, 2015 - 12:46pm
In the article entitled “School Principle Fired after Racist Remark about Black People at Graduation” (Huffington post, May 14th 2015) written by Hilary Hanson explains the controversial phrase that principle Nancy Gordeuk blurted out in front of colleagues, parents and students. On a Friday night in May a graduation ceremony was being held at TNT Academy in Stone Mountain for their senior year class. During the program principle Nancy Gordeuk had made a mistake and dismissed everyone before the class valedictorian got to say his/her speech. After realizing the mistake she had made she attempted to fix it and tried to keep everyone in the room that the ceremony was being held in. Although her attempts were noted she realized that people were still getting out of their seats and leaving the ceremony regardless if it had ended or not. Thus causing her to be outraged, she blurted out a comment that she didn’t realize could be considered racist, it caused shock, disrespect and disgust. The comment making a direct hit towards black people, where she clearly stated that they were the only ones that were leaving the ceremony early. Hilary Hanson concluded that although Nancy was searching for forgiveness from her fellow peers who she had offended, Nancy was unfortunately relived from her job as principle due to the decision of the board of directors.
The article written by Hilary Hanson depicting the story of a principle that made a mistake that cost her her job is an article that makes you realize how some people are unaware of the repercussions of their actions/verbal use. When Nancy said “Look who’s leaving! All the black people!” In her apology/explanation she explained how she didn’t know that saying “black people” could be considered a racist phrase. Even though that is clearly a racist thing to say, it is not correct; in the reading “Race without Color” written by Jared Diamond it explains how “Races defined by body chemistry don’t match races defined by skin color”. Over all the article had strong and valid points, making the article clearly aimed against the principle for what she had said/done and also being in favor of her losing her position as principle. The only point that I disagreed with was the last sentence that the writer put at the end of her article. “Gordeuk made rude remarks throughout the ceremony, including saying that the mouth of a crying baby should be taped shut.” I find that this point is useless in the topic that the writer is supposed to be talking about; she used this point to just make Nancy look bad there is no correlation between her making a remark about a baby crying and making a racist comment.
Reference: Hanson, H. (215, May 14). School Principal Fired After Racist Remark About 'Black People' At Graduation. Retrieved September 5, 2015.