Two white teens from Grapevine, Texas, are under fire for an amateur rap song they recorded encouraging the lynching of Black boys.
The song, which was recorded two years ago when the young women were freshman at Grapevine High School, is filled with racial epitaphs and brags about killing African-American young men who might “approach them because they found the girls attractive,” Hip-Hop Wired reported.
According to Daily Kos, lyrics include:
“N****s n****s n****s they always look at me, I want to kill them now, I want to hang them from a tree."
The song also boasts homophobic and defamatory language about Latinos and Asian Americans.
The two girls responsible for the song have sent apology letters to their friends, claiming that they are not racist, they were just “free-styling to make people laugh” and didn’t understand the consequences of their actions.
In one letter to her friends, one of the girls wrote:
“I am a good kid, I work hard, I laugh hard, and I love hard — anyone, from anywhere, at anytime…I made a big mistake and if I had remembered it existed, it would have been destroyed as soon as its existence crossed my mind. I would do anything to take it back. I pray for your forgiveness, and open sincere hearts, and that you will believe me when I say, I am so so deeply sorry.”
However the two claim that their actions are not a reflection of their upbringing, but of society:
“As kids, we hear racist jokes all times of the day...It’s what we’re around, it’s the jokes we heard….In my own home, my entire life I have never heard a foul or judgmental (sic) word for another race ever leave my parents’ mouths,” she claimed. “I myself have witnessed others spit racial slurs or comments and have been completely dumbfounded to the point of tears.”
School officials state that despite the song making its rounds on social media since June 2013, they only recently became aware of it. The school has sent letters to parents and students condemning this behavior, Daily Kos reported.
Grapevine High’s principal Shannon Tovar told the press that she has numerous counselors available for students who want to talk about this incident and that she is looking into bringing in speakers to discuss the importance of diversity and tolerance with her students.
Follow Kellee Terrell on Twitter: @kelleent
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