Once again the N-word has reared its ugly head, this time by a local Kentucky fire chief who was caught on video using the offensive term.
According to the NY Daily News, Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield can be heard on video saying “ we ain’t taking no n—-s here” while at the site of a car crash involving a white man and an African-American family. The footage was captured by a body-cam.
The accident took place on Interstate 65 in September of this year. In the video, Hatfield can be seen offering help to the white man.
“You got a jack, ain’t you?” Hatfield asked. “If you show me where them things is at, I’ll get my guys to start changing the tire for you,” he tells the driver, who gets loaded into an ambulance and taken to a local hospital.
Even though the other party in the incident did not have any serious injuries, Hatfield failed to offer his help or that of the fire department’s.
The other car contained an African-American couple from Ohio and their two children. Hatfield tells them to call AAA for help. Driver Chege Mwang told the station he was treated differently than the other motorist, but didn’t think anything of it at the time because he and his family were not hurt.
This will not go down as Hatfield’s first racist incident. The fire chief asked an Asian-American journalist, Valerie Chinn, if she understood English during a Q & A department meeting.
“Do you understand English, darling?” Hatfield says on camera. “Do you understand English?”
Then he asks that Chinn and a camera operator be removed. “Call the cops and get them here. I asked you once tonight if you understand English. I’m speaking English.”
Hatfield later apologized to the journalist and said “sometimes there is a slip of the tongue.”
SOURCE: NY Daily News | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube
Meanwhile, a high school principal says it is no big deal that students showed up to a football game in blackface.
According to Gawker, a high school powderpuff football team, made up entirely of girls, shocked the high school’s staff when they showed up to the football field in full black face.
At first, Sullivan High School principal Jennifer Schmidt thought, “Oh my gosh,” she told St. Louis alt-weekly Riverfront Times, but then she decided “Oh, they don’t mean anything by it. Just let it go. No one thinks anything of it.”
Jennifer Schmidt, the high school’s principal, also goes on to say the act drew the wrong intentions and that wearing blackface was an annual tradition by the group:
Schmidt says that critics of the team “got the wrong intention,” and wearing face paint in the school colors—black and gold—is an annual powderpuff tradition meant to parody football eye-black and “intimidate the underclassmen.” But this year, they somehow forgot the gold.
The girls who participated in blackface will not be penalized, however; blackface has been banned from football games.
SOURCE: Gawker | PHOTO CREDIT: Handout