Skip to comments.Student paper pulled over racist article
Posted on 11/23/2006 2:49:58 PM PST by brain bleeds red
LOS ANGELES - A high school is apologizing after an anonymous article was published in the school paper comparing rowdy black students at a fast food restaurant to "a pack of monkeys."
Carson High School officials withdrew copies of this month's newspaper, letters of apology were sent home to parents, and principal Kenneth Keener apologized over the public address system.
The article, which was titled "Looks like the circus is in town," appeared on the editorial page of the issue distributed Tuesday. It appeared under the column title "Rambling Rogue," which is written anonymously each month by one of the paper's top editors.
The piece described raucous and impolite behavior at a nearby Taco Bell: "When I go to Taco Bell, I want to go to a restaurant, NOT A ZOO! Stop acting like animals... behave and clean up after yourself." The writer said most of the crowd was black and described the students as stupid, rude, immature and insensitive.
The newspaper's student editor, Alex De Vera, and faculty adviser Gregory Vieira agreed to pull the papers. They said the article escaped their normal vetting because the page was late and only two people saw the piece in advance its writer and the page editor.
The school is not releasing the name of the author, and Vieira refused to discuss any possible disciplinary actions.
"The school is not releasing the name of the author, and Vieira refused to discuss any possible disciplinary actions."
Are they honestly gunning for this guy; do they really want him to lose his job over something as INCONSEQUENTIAL, MEANINGLESS, and most likely ACCURATE as this???
If I were compared to a monkey I wouldn't be offended as I AM NOT LIKE ONE!!! I also wouldn't be offended if I was compared to a river, a constellation, Michael Moore or a box of Cracker Jacks. Why some people are so easily offended escapes me, but I am cowardly enough not to compare muslims to terrorists.
Some friends and I were returning from Florida a few years ago , We stopped in North Carolina at a buffet to eat.
Once we entered we fond mostly blacks there. No big deal. We started eating and soon one of the girls in the back came out with a full tray of fried chicken. While we were eating we noticed this black woman go up to the buffet counter with her handbag, She dumped the whole tray of fried chicken into her handbag. One of my friends went to one of the workers there and told her what had happened, she said that wasnt unusual. Just the cost of doing business in that neighborhood. I was glad the car was still there when we went out ,and drove on back up 95.
What job is that? This is a high school club, supposedly training students to write for the public. Clearly this editor was not ready for prime time, since anyone in an integrated school knows this kind of stuff isn't acceptable!
****LOS ANGELES - A high school is apologizing after an anonymous article was published in the school paper comparing rowdy black students at a fast food restaurant to "a pack of monkeys." ****
Why is this racist? If people act like animals why can not they be called the animals they act like.
I've seen all types of people act as such.
There are also...
snakes in the grass.
Plus too many other jerks to mention.
Just another example of good old American, "Tell them what they want to hear." Never tell the truth. You'll find your @$$ in trouble faster than you can whistle Dixie. Most of these places where kids hang out ARE ZOOS as well as pig pens!
Remind me why I would want to go to an integrated school? Are you assuming this school is mostly white, latino, asian, black? Integrated should not mean courtesy, manners, common sense are left at the door. Using a student newspaper to point out the lack thereof isn't the problem, it is what the behavior was compared to that is the problem. Lack of tact is missing to get across the point that disrespectful, rude, childish, illmannered behaviour does not belong in a restaurant, or any place for that matter.
I was at IHOP today and saw something on the menu called "Machaca." I think IHOP needs to apologize to Jim Webb's assistant.
If you act like a monkey...or any other animal....
Better yet, where are the advocates for Monkey Dignity?
Pointing out the obnoxious behavior and calling the offenders monkeys was NOT in itself racist.
The problem lies in identifying the students race and using the monkey description which has historically been used as a caricature on blacks"sub-human"status in the eyes of white supremicists.
Are there SOME black kids who act like jackasses?Sure,we all have seen it.But I've seen plenty of white and Mexican kids acting crazy and I don't see their behavior being compared to monkeys.
LOS ANGELES MATH TEST
City of Los Angeles High School Math Proficiency Exam
1. Duane has an AK47 with a 30 round clip. If he misses 6 out of 10 shots and shoots 13 times at each drive by shooting, how many drive by shootings can he attempt before he has to reload?
2. If Joe has 2 ounces of cocaine and he sells an 8 ball to Jackson for $320 and 2 grams to Billy for $85 per gram, what is the street value of the balance of the cocaine if he doesn't cut it?
3. Rufus is pimping for 3 girls. If the price is $65 for each trick, how many tricks will each girl have to turn so Rufus can pay for his $800 per day crack habit?
4. Jerome wants to cut his 1/2 pound of Heroin to make 20% more profit. How many ounces of cut will he need?
5. Willie gets $200 for stealing a BMW, $50 for a Chevy and $100 for a 4x4. If he has stolen 2 BMW's and 3 4x4's, how many Chevy's will he have to steal to make $800?
6. Richard is in prison for 6 years for murder. He got $10,000 for the hit. If his common law wife is spending $100 per month, how much money will he have left when he gets out of prison and how many years will he get for killing the bitch that spent his money?
7. If the average spray paint can covers 22 square feet and the average letter is 3 square feet, how many letters can a tagger spray with 3 cans of paint?
8. Peter knocked up 6 girls in his gang. There are 27 girls in the gang. What percentage of the girls in the gang has Hector knocked up?
More code words-Willie,Rufus,Jerome.The whole point of these so called"tests"is to demonize black kids and not have to face the reality that lots of scandalous stuff is going out in the suburbs as well.
If you want to got to a restaurant, go to a restaurant, not a Taco Bell.
1) A multitude and variety of foul language.
2) Indiscriminate line-breaking.
3) Unusually loud laughter that gave the appearance that person doing the laughing hadn't a clue as to the effect this loud laughter would have on his or her fellow diners.
4) Yelling across the restaurant with no regard to your proximity to another person's ear.
5) Conversations about private matters screamed for all to hear.
Take it for what it's worth. The behavior occurs.
Did I deny that there are some blacks whose behavior is off the chain?
My problem is the"monkey"word which has historicaaly been used to portray blacks as less than human.
Not only that,it singles out one group.I teach part time in a very"diverse"school district and I can assure you to the fullest that its not just blacks who are raising hell and acting stupid.
I teach full time in a nearly all black school. I witness a total lack of socially acceptable behavior on a daily basis.I was merely citing a personal observation.
You have passed your final hurdle to leave Reeducation Camp XIV.
You may get dressed, and pick up your Citizen's Identity Papers at the Warden's Office.
Good luck, Comrade Citizen Lucius Cornelius Sulla!
I am just curious if this all black school is a place you CHOSE to work or were you assigned there?
I ask that because I was assigned to one of the most"ghetto"schools in New Orleans in the Seventies.It was rough at times but I stuck through it for a couple of years.I guess you could say I was a burnout victim.Too much politics and a tendency for administrators to allow way too much nonsense to go on without incriminations.
In my current crop of schools,you find that whites,Mexicans and Asians are often just as rude and inattentive as the black kids.The difference is that the black kids have louder voices and thus are the most obvious of the offenders.
Ain't the truth a bit*h?
Any and all future jobs.
You can only escape the title of racist if you are anti-white.
It may be offensive to hear, but the fact is, much of that behavior IS simian, not out of place at the zoo's primate exhibit. The loud hooting, exaggerated gestures, literal and figurative chest-thumping, casual aggressiveness, overt and indiscriminate sexuality, it all adds up to "humans" barely distinguishable from their anthropological ancestors.
**But I've seen plenty of white and Mexican kids acting crazy and I don't see their behavior being compared to monkeys.**
Didn't you ever sing this little ditty to a brother or sister you know?
Happy birthday to you.
You live in a zoo.
You look like a monkey,
You act like one too!
The one I remember at the end goes
Happy birthday to you
All the monkeys
In the Zoo give their best regards to you
Happy birhday to you.
"Here we come...walking down the street...going into every restaraunt...upsetting those who just want to eat..."
You left out Joe, Peter, and Richard. Obvious ethnic sterotyping with those names.
Perhaps you need to get a job with PUSH.
Of course I sang that little rhyme as a child but the monkey appelation takes on a whole another dimension if a white person sang that to a black child.
The interesting thing is that it is not uncommon to hear blacks refer to other blacks as apes and monkeys.
Yet,like the N word,I wouldn't advise whites to go there.
No,Jesse turned me down at PUSH.I would have pulled too many of his women!
Really,tho,when you try to paint black kids with a broad brush I AM going to say something.I have known too many that did things the right way and I won't let people put them in the same bag as the gold grlled saggers and B-Boys.
I went on up to the Audubon Zoo
And they only asked for you
They all asked for you
Well, even inquired about you
I went on up to the Audu'mon Zoo
And they all asked for you
The monkey's asked
The tiger's asked
And the elephant asked f'you, too
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here's another one: lame duck
My AP alarm was instantly set off. Notice how the first sentence actually quotes the editorial itself then in the second sentence merely describes what was said. Therefore one cannot even read the direct quote with the "monkey" reference and, therefore, cannot see the written accusations in their full context. Could it be that the writer stated something to the effect of, "...while most were black all were acting like a bunch of monkeys."?
They are easily offended because the truth hurts.