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Racist remarks chanted on a Md. school bus

During a bus ride in Rockville, Maryland, an African-American middle school girl recorded her classmates chanting racial slurs in rhyme late last month, but the remarks do not appear to threaten harm to any specific individual, the Washington Post reports.

As students loaded the bus near Robert Frost Middle School, the girl could hear the chant: “One, two, three, four, how many [N-word] are in my store?”

The bus driver stopped the bus after hearing the attacks. An investigation followed, and schools spokesman Derek Turner was quoted as calling it “a teachable moment.”

Whatever students’ motivation may have been—Fox News reported that they may have simply been quoting a viral video that raises awareness of African-American males in convenience stores—the use of this language is offensive on its face, and the students who have been identified as participating will be disciplined, school officials said.

The school’s principal, Joey Jones, sent a letter home to parents, advising them that behavior like this will not be tolerated at the school.

“This behavior is both offensive and inappropriate and does not reflect the positive values of our students and the school community,” the letter said.

It doesn’t reflect the positive values of anyone, actually—except for the kids who engaged in the chant. I would venture a guess that this type of behavior is the most positive values they are capable of expressing. This behavior reflects the poor values and awareness of the human condition on the part of their families and friends.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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