This is one of those stories that makes me wonder why Alabama is so backwards. Lauderdale County High School coach Bob Grisham is being investigated after an anonymous source provided a tape of him allegedly using racial slurs. Some of the slurs Bob Grisham said included “Fat butt Michelle Obama, Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.” and “I don’t believe in queers, I don’t like queers. I don’t … I don’t hate them as a person but what they do is wrong, it’s an abomination against God. I don’t like being around queers.” Here is audio from The Times Daily.
What really bothers me is some of the students also said some very rude comments. One student talked about Michelle Obama as a “big fat gorilla.” Another student talked about America and he said “It’s going straight to hell.” It all started when the coach started to talk about who is behind the 600-calorie school lunches. And it quickly turned into a conversation against President Obama and people who are homosexual. I wish I could say this is an isolated case but in Alabama, this is the norm.
Many people in Alabama are Christian and goes to church every Sunday. Many Christian people views homosexuality as an abomination to God and are against people who are gay. Also, many people in Alabama are against President Obama. The biggest reasons is because he is a Democrat and he is proposing things like gun control which is driving people bonkers. But another reason is because he is “black.” There are some people in Alabama who are still racist. They only view white people as the perfect humans and anyone who is black, Hispanic, Asian, or other races does not belong in society. Why would Alabama pass that harsh immigration law if people were not racist?
Grisham said, “Y’all, our country is, is, is going in the wrong direction. Things won’t get better until there’s a change in some areas and stuff.” And he is right! Things will not get better until people quit hating on people who are different. Alabama has a huge problem with people being haters. If you are homosexual, black, non-Christian, Muslim, disabled, Democrat, have Autism or Asperger’s, animal lover, or don’t attend church. You are viewed by many people in Alabama as a person to be hated and ignored. There have been stories of people attacked in Alabama because they are different.
I support the rights of people who are Homosexual. I am an animal lover. I have Asperger’s Syndrome. And I don’t attend church on Sundays. I guess I am a person who needs to be hated in Alabama. This is a big reason why I have been unemployed for 19 months! People in Alabama who likes to hate needs to grow up! People who are different are not an “abomination to God.” We just view society as a place where everyone gets along no matter what their views are. Being bullied by people in Alabama often drives the bullied people to harm other people or commit suicide.
As for Coach Grisham; No action has been taken against Grisham by the district’s administration or the school board. In my opinion, this coach needs to be fired!
School is no place for prejudice or hate speech. Children are impressional and the job as “Educator” is all to often taken lightly as children are being insulted and debased by a Teacher! This type of talk is never OK! Hate Speech like this should be punished by immediate dismissal. Is it coincidence that Alabama is one of the most poorly educated states in the nation? I think not.
To sign a petition asking the Lauderdale County School Board to fire Bob Grisham. Click on the link: http://signon.org/sign/terminate-lauderdale.
- Alabama Teacher Makes Anti-Gay, Racist Comments in Class… and a Student Recorded the Whole Thing (patheos.com)
- Alabama H.S. coach: ‘I don’t like queers’ (upi.com)
- Administrators investigating claims that Lauderdale County High’s head football coach made racial, gay slurs (al.com)
- Sunday Discussion: Why East Alabama Is In Deep Trouble (geekalabama.com)