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Cassie Wright is not just an average Republican. He is actually the leader of the College Republicans at The University of Texas, an organization that is long known for it’s racist rants against African Americans. In a recent tweet, Wright decided that being black must somehow be linked to the consumption of crack cocaine.
The following was tweeted from Wright’s account: ”My president is black, he snorts a lot of crack. Holla. #2012 #Obama”
A screenshot of the tweet was captured before he could erase it:
The tweet is hardly a deviation from the kinds of tasteless, racially offensive rhetoric that we’ve heard from the College Republicans in Texas before. Earlier this year, another leader of the College Republicans said that the assassination of President Obama would be “tempting.” Both the University of Texas and Texas A&M are well-known for the racism being spewed by their College Republican organizations. What saddens me as an educator is the fact that these students are peculiar reflections of the learning environment from which they came.
Disagreeing with President Obama is not a crime. Being angry at liberals is entirely acceptable. But when the thinking and maturity of students is not appropriately elevated by the faculty within their institution, this communicates a significant flaw in the capabilities of the educators and adults around them. Given that the students at The University of Texas are continuously making national news for producing a multitude of creative manifestations of ugly racial hatred, one has to wonder what the university is doing to stop the flow of this kind of pathetically unAmerican language. This kind of language from future Republican leaders of America is not just insulting to black folks; it’s an embarrassment to America and a threat to our nation’s long-term political stability – in other words, it’s impossible to love America and simultaneously incite those around you to want to murder it’s leader (as a prior President of the Campus Republicans at U. Texas did just a few months ago).
Of course Wright and the College Republicans should apologize, but good old fashioned Texas racial arrogance will keep him from offering a thorough apology. In fact, intimidating and attacking African Americans has a long history in the state of Texas and is more likely to be rewarded than chastised. As he’s been taught by his predecessors and professors, Wright will likely refuse to take responsibility for his words and lay out a set of excuses for his disrespectful reference to the first black president. He won’t even be forced by his campus or his mentors to acknowledge the fact that he has accused the leader of the free world of being a crackhead.
Wright’s ability to toss racial hatred toward Obama and escape with little consequence is what White Supremacy is all about. In spite of the fact that we feel exonerated from our past by choosing our first black president, America continues to be one of the most racist countries in the world. Ironically, it was the election of Barack Obama that made this fact clearer than ever before.