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'Racist' Storm Over Video of Black Toddler Spouting Obscenities

'Racist' Storm Over Video of Black Toddler Spouting Obscenities

Folks...this video is bad. Really, really bad and it will make you angry. It contains extreme profanity and discussion about adult situations and gang violence...and worst of all...a toddler. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

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If the kid was white (and there are white people who do stupid crap like this) would it still be racist?

Via Salon (who shockingly agree it’s racist):

He is, according to the Omaha Police, an example of “the thug cycle continuing.” He’s a diaper-clad, African-American toddler.

A family member originally posted the video of the baby “gettin curbed” — being cursed at and encouraged to flip his middle finger and repeat obscenities. “Say ‘Bitch,’” a woman tells him. “Say, ‘Suck my d—.’” Another then interjects, “That’s why you can’t fight, p—-.” They make gang references, asking him “What hood you from, Blood?” and coax him to say, “You a ho, bitch.” CNN tallies “at least 35 swear words in the one minute 23-second video.” It’s undeniably incredibly depressing stuff, a snapshot of a small child being goaded into saying things whose weight he can’t even begin to comprehend. But what happened next wasn’t so great either. [...]

Based on the 93-second clip, that the child needs considerably more positive influences around him is hard to dispute. But by singling out the boy, who is the only person actually shown on the video, the Omaha Police Officers Association seems to have made up its mind that his fate as a future “thug” is all but assured. And for that it has come under fire for fanning the flames of racial discord. The city’s Police Chief Todd Schmaderer issued a statement this week “to make it explicit and clear that the views expressed on the OPOA Facebook page do not necessarily reflect the official stance of the Omaha Police Department” and add that “I strongly disagree with any postings that may cause a divide in our community or an obstacle to police community relations.” This controversy is likely the last thing the local police feel like dealing with now — this week 33 of its members, including Schmaderer, were sued for excessive force on an African-American family during a March parking ticket raid.

Black Men United in Omaha executive director Willie Hamilton told Omaha.com this week, “The police actually have a website that is perpetuating mistrust and anger, and I think that is what it is meant to do. I thought posting the video was crossing the line. To use that incident to say that our kids are going to grow up and be thugs is far-reaching and insensitive. We are talking about a child that hasn’t even gone to school yet.” And if you want evidence of just that mistrust and anger, you don’t have to look far for smug commenters sarcastically declaring that the video represents “Another fine example of African American parenting” and deciding “He’ll still grow up uneducated and living off welfare. Can’t change genetic.”

Writing on his Daddy Doin’ Work blog last fall – in a post that recently went viral on the Good Men Project — Doyin Richards amply demonstrated that African-American families are already exposed to bottomless levels of criticism and judgment in the best of circumstances. As he explains, after he posted a picture of himself fixing his elder daughter’s hair while nestling his baby in a carrier on his chest, he was inundated with responses. Commenters announced, “He probably rented those kids. They don’t even look like him,” “I would bet anything that you’re a deadbeat” and “OK buddy, cute picture. Now why don’t you hand the children back to their mom so you can go back to selling drugs or your bootleg rap CDs?” So what we really didn’t need this week was another excuse for racists to have a field day.

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