A Florida high school is getting national attention for a hateful, racist rant two of its students posted on YouTube. In the egregious four-minute clip, the teenage girls claim that people “start turning black” and “catch the disease” of blackness when they enter Santaluces High School.
They spent a considerate amount of time making derogatory comments about girls who wear weaves, saying:
“I feel so bad for them. They can’t brush their hair. They can’t itch it, they gotta pat the weave. I got my beautiful real hair. I get to wash it and brush it.”
“How did they even wash their hair?”
“They don’t. They wash their hair every three months.”
Their ignorance is astounding but some people are wondering if they’re only voicing what white people think about black women who wear weaves. White women wear them (they call them “extensions”) but weave is stereotypically associated with black people. The inability to wash, scratch or brush the “fake” hair is naturally fodder for racist white people to criticize and attack.
The girls’ offensive rant has been removed at least twice by YouTube, “as a violation of YouTube’s policy prohibiting hate speech,” but that hasn’t stopped people from posting it back multiple times. To date, it’s garnered more than 94,000 views and over 1,000 comments, many from detractors and outraged viewers.
The Santaluces High School staff claims to be taking action but aren’t specific about the terms of the girls’ punishment. “It’s groundbreaking territory,” Santaluces Principal Kathleen Orloff said. She revealed the district’s legal department is looking into the issue and that officials in the district are discussing a plan of action that has not yet been revealed.
What do you think about the girls’ comments, Clutchettes? Do you think they’re giving a voice to how most white people perceive “weave”? How should the school reprimand the girls for the clip?