"we have entered the part of this sad story where the black community begins to speak out against the actions of the AMHS football team."
An entire community that wasn't even there to witness the event. Yet they have the media and YOU to get them worked up about it. Until someone shows a video of a blatantly racist act, this is all just rumor mill bullshit. You are reporting and choosing sides based on rumors, just like Alex Jones and his fellow loonies on Infowars. Is that what you want for CCP? This just backs up my opinion that the right and the left are generally missing a few brain cells in this area.
"Why do people feel the need to persecute this man?"
History of disregard for the law. Millionaire playboy antics. Elitist narcissistic mindset. Generally jack-assery. Shall I go on?
I mean, I like to party. However, I don't have a kid to care for, and I am not running for public office. Also, most of us know how to have fun and make intelligent decisions to avoid confrontations with the law.
That's the price on my receipt. Maybe things have changed. I'll give Bottles call today. That said, you should try Hum. I have dreams about it.
Liam, I'll give that shot. But seriously, the St. George Agricole really does taste like black olives.
I first read the conservative commentator as Gallagher. And I thought, "well, if you have a question about melons..."
Culler has gotten a lot of flack for calling the gay community "Gremlins." And every time he's been called on it, he's doubled down. He did it so much the SC GOP chair denounced him.
Whoever thinks this was somehow a racist act, is an idiot. The result of erroneous outcries such as this is to detract from actual racism. Before long, that word will no longer have any legitimate meaning. Ever hear of the boy who called wolf?
"Was it the watermelon that was so offensive?"
Well yes, it was. The watermelon has a long history as a racist image. It just does:
"Are monkeys - like watermelon - blatant racist symbols?"
Again, yes. And for well over a hundred years they have been:
Does this mean that the individuals involved had any intent to create a racist display? No, of course not. It just means that there are some influential educators who obviously dozed through their history requirements, and failed to recognize a potentially sensitive situation before it exploded in their faces. And now they enjoy their teachable moment.
It's amazing how everyone so easily and quickly jumps to judgment about people they don't know. With T Rav we know a lot more because of his history and his being in the public spotlight. With the case of Lauren Moser most of the people commenting about her have no idea who this person is and yet are so quick to cast aspersions on her casting stereotypes and calling her hateful names. If I were her I would cover my ass around TRav as well.
As an alumni and former 4 year football player that played under coach Walpole, this is hands down one of the most ridiculous and offensive articles I have ever read. You clearly have never visited the Academic Magnet or talked to any of the students or teachers there and as such you have no grounds to make these ridiculous accusations. I hope you are proud of the fact that you just called a bunch of 14-18 year olds grade A dumbasses and I wish I could speak face to face with you and see if you actually have the gaul to make these statements in person. Your right to free speech should be revoked for this ridiculous article that is not founded in any amount of truth. Just know that the students that you just insulted will all go on to do bigger and better things and you will always just be an idiot that writes his opinions on the internet without actually checking the facts or doing any real journalism or research. I hope you enjoy your end as a writer and i want nothing more than for you to get fired over this.
You Seth Whipper are a moronic idiot. My son goes to AMHS and nothing about this watermelon ritual as it was conceived and carried out was racist. NOTHING!!! NOTHING!!! NOTHING!!! YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR EVER LOVING MIND. If you show me one instance in history where smashing a watermelon is or was a racist act and can prove the AMHS football team ritual was tied to this history then I will donate $1000.00 to the NAACP. And if you can't prove it, SHUT THE HELL UP AND GO AWAY!!!!! You and your society of victims are just making stuff up and getting upset at NOTHING!!! It was an innocent act done by kids. Kids! Why don't you spend your time tutoring a child or helping some mom get the child support she needs to raise a family. This rabble rousing does nothing to support your cause. It only serves to show white, black, and other people of color that there should be no respect given to those like you who can't see the forest for the trees. I am totally fed up with this nonsense. The coach and his staff are all honorable men who coach honorable kids. What if I, a white guy, went to a restaurant and a black waiter served me crackers with my soup! In your world, with your logic, I should consider this an insult to my soul, my ancestors, and my race of people. Is he insinuating I am a cracker? He should be fired immediately and the restaurant should pay me a million dollars for the made up outrage. Seth, just knock it off. You look like a flippin' idiot.
this is the most absurd article I have ever read. Everyone in the Magnet community, students and faculty, parents and friends can all attest to the fact that The Academic Magnet High School is NO way racist, and the football team's "ritual" was in NO way intended to be derogatory towards African American people. As you probably don't know, because you don't know ANYTHING about the Magnet students, the Raptor football team has had a winning season for the first time in a while. They randomly, in NO way intending to be racist, decided to smash a watermelon, (remember: IT COULD HAVE BEEN ANYTHING ELSE, a pumpkin, a pineapple, an orange ANYTHING) and it became a tradition after each victory. The "face" that you describe was in NO way meant to be racist, and all the actions of the football players that you claim to be "racist" were in no entirety perceived as racist by the team, and the players did not even THINK about their game-winning tradition being hurtful towards black people BECAUSE IT WASN'T. it was just a completely random thing that the WINNING Academic Magnet team decided to do, and it became a mere tradition. As for the name, "Bonds Wilson", it is the name of our campus (which you probably didn't know), and the players probably called the watermelon that to show spirit for our school because they play for ACADEMIC MAGNET which is located on the BONDS WILSON campus. My capitalized words are meant to stand out for you, Mr. Haire, because your ignorant, thick skull has a few less brain cells than the students of AMHS.
I can't believe Will didn't chime in on this. Right down his White Guilt PC alley.
In the wake of Coach Walpole's reinstatement, Superintendent McGinley urged the public to use this as a "teaching moment". Eager to comply, I'm hoping that someone can point out the lesson here.
Is it to be more racially sensitive?
It seems that the incident had racial overtones to at least a few members of the school board who seemed intent on on fostering stereotypes and screaming racism where none exists except in their own minds. Even the NAACP jumped in on it. And that is a shame, as speaking out on such non-instances as this only make it harder to respect their pleas when condemning true racism.
Was it the watermelon that was so offensive? I love watermelon and I've been white my whole life. What's up with that? Would another fruit or vegetable have been more acceptable? Perhaps a pumpkin? Or would that have maybe offended Native Americans? At least the kids didn't use anything as obvious as an Asian Pear!
Or was it that they drew faces on the watermelon with BLACK marker. Maybe another color would have been more culturally sensitive - certainly NOT red or yellow. Maybe blue. Is that color still ok?
Or was it the chanting that the school board described as "monkey sounds"?
Are monkeys - like watermelon - blatant racist symbols? I didn't know that. Again it seems that the comparison is only in the minds of the accusers. Hmmmm? It seems like maybe the school board needs sensitivity training and can learn a lesson here.
Or was it the violence that was so disturbing?
A bunch of boys callously crushing a poor defenseless watermelon in some gang rage reminiscent of "Lord of the Flies". Perhaps we should just stick to stabbing the things with a large sharp knife. Hmmm...
Or perhaps the school board is sending the message that celebrating is unacceptable.
I recently saw a Clemson player get penalized for excessive celebrating, and my daughter's grammar school discourages cupcakes and birthday celebrations. SC schools continually rank lowest in the country, and THAT is certainly no reason to celebrate. Hmmmm...
So... while I can certainly see where the school board needs to learn a few things from this incident, I'm not sure what the rest of us can take away from it other than a diminished respect for some of our school board members who need to keep their eye on the ball and get back to work!
Cheryl123 hit the nail on the head about Mt. P. A big fat Nada Zero Zilch planning on the infrastructure and no long term solutions. Sorta like downtown but spread out even further. West Ash lookout! When you see them planting those damn median palm trees you know all hope is lost. Ask us DT or anyone in Mt. P. Looks great but solves nothing.
Agricole rum is really best mixed.
Try a rhum ti, and prepare to have your socks blown off.
Just watched Mr. Whipper's press conference. Doesn't speak English. Not legit. Next.
How anyone can drive up 17N and still wonder what's wrong with Mt P is beyond me.
Coach reinstated, not a peep from Dot Scott, I'd say Haire owes an apology.
Wouldn't hold my breath.
Cid95. You do realize that those airlines are subsidized by their gov't. Unlike U.S. airlines which have to show a profit, first and foremost. Care, comfort are last on the list of U.S. carriers. U.S. carriers havee shareholders to answer too...shareholders want $$$.
I would start by questioning anyone by the name of Grinch or Scrooge.
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