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After posting an abhorrent, racist video that disparaged black people, a Georgia high school student has issued an apology and wants to get back to her normal life, like it never even happened.
Unfortunately for her, that’s now how this works, as her apology fell flat amid the ensuing firestorm.
The despicable TikTok video went viral, as students Stephanie Freeman and Jeffrey Hume — reportedly her boyfriend — employed a number of archaic, mind-numbingly simplistic stereotypes about African-Americans that you would think are dead and buried, such as they like to “eat watermelon and fried chicken.”
The video featured the “N-word” spelled out on a piece of paper, as “ingredients” are added in a quest to “make” a black person — the display gives life to the worst views some people believe a typical white person holds toward minorities, never mind the imbeciles are far from a representation of white America.
After the expected fall out, which came from all corners, Freeman issued an apology on Instagram, blaming her “racist” boyfriend, who “slowly normalized his racism on me.”
Making matters far worse, she declared, “I believe blacks are human too.”
And to be clear, Freeman does not feel “one mistake” should interfere with her college education and [once] promising future.
“I want to apologize for the abhorrent video I posted,” the apology begins. “I know in my heart how wrong it was. My BF is racist and he slowly normalized his racism on me. Still I should never have let him. I believe blacks are human too. Made in the image of Christ. I have disappointed God and I want to apologize. Please don’t contact my college. It’s my future and one mistake should not ruin a life. Also please stop with the death threats. Again, I apologize. Sincerely, Steph.”
She goes on to say the response is “not fair,” and that her parents now have to live in fear of her life.
“I promise to dedicate my life to serving God and treating every human being with respect,” she continued. “I did not expect the public to forgive me, nor do I deserve it. But I pray God forgives my sins. That’s the only way we heal. But I do take issue with one thing: hatred does not defeat hatred. Threatening, bullying and cancelling (sic) me will not resolve the world’s problems.”
“Please, I urge everyone to seek God and find peace in him. I understand why people are angry at me, but how will ruining my life change that? My parents live on fear for my life. This is not fair!”
The video can be seen below, and we caution readers that it is highly disturbing:
Freeman and Hume attended Carrollton High School, in Carrollton, Ga., this being past tense.
Carrollton City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Albertus said in a statement their “behavior was unacceptable and is not representative of the district’s respect for all people. The racist behavior observed in the video easily violates this standard. They are no longer students at Carrollton High School.”
Freeman was eviscerated online, just as you would expect anyone who would share such a horrific, racist video would be.
In the end, one can only pray that Freeman has responsible adults in her life who can turn this into a “teachable moment.” As terrible as her actions are though, violence is NOT a justifiable response.
Here’s a sampling of some of the responses to the story from Twitter:
Why did I cackle out loud at “I believe blacks are human too” pic.twitter.com/H6r9XeI8xR
— Hey all you cool cats and kittens! (@Dnellicious) April 18, 2020
The irony of this one is the most infuriating thing.
🗣the “blacks” know EXACTLY what this feels liiiiike. pic.twitter.com/AkiGYyf6Vd
— brittany packnett cunningham is staying inside! (@MsPackyetti) April 18, 2020
“How dare I have to face the consequences of my actions”
— Unhand her, Dan Backslide (@DanMoffTarkin) April 18, 2020
The part where she says “THIS IS NOT FAIR!”, basically this is what went through my head.
— ‘Rachel Tension’ is my drag name (@ritarepulso) April 18, 2020
She really say “My BF is racist” and not “My ex-BF is racist” in a post trying to gain sympathy and understanding? pic.twitter.com/hcFi7LhTIA
— TarZangief (@Arwood_Lucilath) April 18, 2020
“I believe blacks are human too.”
M’am, what the hell did you think were were before? pic.twitter.com/AuUB8RcTXL
— X (@XLNB) April 18, 2020
Steph: “I believe blacks are human too”
black twitter: pic.twitter.com/NDDDPWawD8
— Zak (@AdamZak8899) April 18, 2020
“Blacks” girl don’t get yo ass beat. pic.twitter.com/gWQVa9Ep1N
— staziana 🤪💚 (@___amorous) April 18, 2020
This is *peak* white woman.
Makes herself a victim by throwing her boyfriend ALL THE WAY under the bus.
Swears she’s not racist, but still using a term like “blacks”.
“I swear I’m sorry! But don’t hold me accountable for what I did by calling my college.” pic.twitter.com/8oALBO1TKP
— adelaide meyrin stan account (@thesasauria) April 18, 2020
Why y’all got Anne Frank and blacks trending on this peaceful quarantined Sunday pic.twitter.com/xF9xSh86TD
— 尺ɪŁらЦЛ (@Xcelsier) April 19, 2020
Why is “blacks” trending pic.twitter.com/uZPc5WA4oR
— chelsea (@tidepod92) April 18, 2020
When Black twitter sees Blacks trending: pic.twitter.com/F7ei5MBATB
— ₮ⱤɄ 𓂀 (@EyeOfTru) April 18, 2020
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