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Racist Louisiana Teacher Fired After Making Racist Remarks on Facebook

Why is it that Blacks in the U.S. are always told to leave the country they built?

Racist math teacher, Valerie Scogins, is now out of a job after making incendiary statements last week on Facebook regarding Colin Kaepernick's Nike ad.


She taught at Slidell High School- a suburban public school outside of New Orleans. Scogins wrote the racially, inflammatory message in the comment section of a Slidell High graduate's post on Sept. 5 on Facebook, two days after Nike debuted its "Dream Crazy" campaign featuring the former NFL quarterback who became notorious for leading protests against racial inequality and police brutality last year by kneeling during the National Anthem before games.

Her Facebook stated: "They don't have to live in that country. They could go back. But it was their own people selling them into slavery to begin with and tearing (treating) them even worse in those countries of origin.

"Want not to be stereotyped, tell people of that color to quit acting like animals and perpetuating the stereotype. Many are average people; the few ruin it."

Screenshot courtesy of Facebook

Of course, Scogins backpedaled and issued a lame apology stating: "I made some remarks that were against my better judgement (sic) and sensibilities. I now wish I hadn't. Anyone who has known me for any time should know that the last thing I want to do is to hurt anyone. I apologize for what I said and sincerely wish to avoid this in the future."

The Facebook post went viral and soon after an investigation was launched by the school district. The district fully investigated Scogins and subsequently fired her.

A statement from a district spokesperson on Tuesday read: "This process has been completed, and the teacher in question is no longer an employee of our School System. This incident does not reflect our district's values, mission and vision, and we remain committed to providing a school culture that is inclusive and meets the needs of all our students, employees and community."

The Conversation (3)
Banilu19 Sep, 2018

Pfft. I’ll bet she sure does want to avoid this in the future! ::rolls eyes:: I’m so embarrassed to have been born in Louisiana. (By the way, Slidell is nowhere near New Orleans; the whole of Lake Pontchartrain is between the two.)

I’m so over people who say something awful, then when they get caught, claim it’s not who they really are. Hmmm...

And finally, I could rip up her whole statement, but one thing really jumped out at me as being illogical. How does taking a knee for whatever reason equate to being “an animal”? Especially when the audience is there to enjoy huge guys of all kinds of backgrounds try to kill each other for a funny-looking ball, but that’s another topic. :-) In the end, the point is that the school board did the right thing.

votetocount13 Sep, 2018

She's too stupid and racist to teach! She deserves to never teach again!

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