Two white Texas girls who posted online a racist rap video about lynching black boys apologized for their actions, but blamed society’s increased sensitivity toward race for all the attention they’re getting.
The two unnamed girls from Grapevine High School recorded a rap song where they talked about lynching black boys who tried to date them. The girls say the rap was recorded years ago and the only reason it’s getting attention now is because society has become more observant of racism.
“At this time in our lives, racism was not the talk of the country nor had we ever witnessed the true power of social media, twitter was still fresh and we had never heard of anyone getting in trouble for posting anything on social media, it was the beginning of this social era,” said one of the girls in a letter written to classmates and teachers.
The video was created in 2013 but has only recently began circulating on social media.
“N*ggas n*ggas n*ggas they always look at me, I want to kill them now, I want to hang them from a tree,” raps one of the girls.
During the 17 minute long video the girls also make racially offensive remarks about the genitals of black boys.
“The song does not portray in any way how I actually feel about people,” one of the girls wrote. “I am a very open-minded person and I enjoy being part of a diverse family and diverse community. I am being raised to be respectful of all people, cultures and differences.”
The other girl says their actions reflected the society in which they live.
“As kids, we hear racist jokes all times of the day,” she said. “It’s what we’re around, it’s the jokes we heard.”
She says she even witnessed racially offensive language in her own home.
“In my own home, my entire life I have never heard a foul or judgemental (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.”
Both girls asked for forgiveness.
“I pray for your forgiveness, and open sincere hearts, and that you will believe me when I say, I am so so deeply sorry.”