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Lauderdale County Coach Denounces Michelle Obama's "Fat Butt" and "Queers" In A Rant To Students

by: countrycat

Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 09:13:15 AM CST

Imagine the outcry if a Muslim teacher said this in his Alabama classroom: "You can go tell the principal, call the superintendent and tell her. I don’t believe in Christians. I don’t like Christians, I don’t hate them as a person, but what they do is wrong and an abomination against God."   Or what if a teacher went on a similar rant against special ed kids? 

The pitchforks would be out and the torches lit.  That guy would be out of a job faster than Terry Jones can say "burn the Koran."

But if the teacher in question is merely a homophobic bigot - with a dash of misogyny thrown in for good measure - well, things move at a more measured pace.

School district officials are investigating allegations that a Lauderdale County High School teacher made slurs in the presence of students regarding first lady Michelle Obama and gays. Superintendent Jennifer Gray confirmed the investigation concerns the school’s head football coach, Bob Grisham, who also teaches driver’s education and psychology.

The investigation includes a 1-minute, 24-second audiotape of Grisham asking who knows who is behind the 600-calorie school lunch.

"Fat butt Michelle Obama,” he said. "Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight."

Male voices interject comments during the discussion, at one point referring to Michelle Obama as a "fat gorilla."

Later in the tape, Grisham referred to the U.S. as going in the "wrong direction" and tells the students they can "get pissed off at me or not. You can go tell the principal, call the superintendent and tell her. I don’t believe in queers. I don’t like queers, I don’t hate them as a person, but what they do is wrong and an abomination against God." The tape was reportedly recorded by a student Monday and took place on school campus during the school day.

Link to the audio clip.

Certainly, every man in the United States has a right to make an ass of himself.  But everyone else has the right to weigh in when he does it in public - particularly in front of students in a public school. And every teacher in the United States has a right to his/her own religious beliefs, but the right to proselytize stops at the public school door.

Here's why:

The teacher/student relationship is hierarchical by its very nature. Teachers are authority figures and (ideally) role models for students.  Note in the recording how the students pick up the "fat butt" comment and run with it all the way to "gorilla.

Furthermore GLBT students - and kids that other students "think" might be gay - already suffer enough from bullying and ugly language from their fellow students.  How much worse is it for these kids when the teachers lead the mob? Although the Huntsville City Schools may think that a teacher "preaching against homosexuality is inappropriate, but it's not bullying," the kids involved in the incidents tend to hold a different opinion.

Remember that this guy isn't just "any" teacher: he's the head football coach who led his team to the quarterfinals last year.  I attended Alabama public schools and I know that there's no bigger "bigshot" in an Alabama high school than a winning football coach.  What Grisham says matters because his comments serve as a nice little instructional guide for intolerance.  His little rant against "queers" being an "abomination against God" is a permission slip to bully GLBT kids.

No action has been taken against Grisham by the district’s administration or the school board. He was not at school Wednesday, and Gray said he has family obligations that were expected to keep him out of school the rest of the week.

The school Superintendent says "It’s an unfortunate situation, and we hope to clear this up as soon as possible."

Good plan.


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clear it up? (4.00 / 1)
the way you clear it up is you call him in to the supt's office and ask him to explain as clearly as he can why he thinks he has the right to spout his views on homosexuals, michelle obama's physical appearance, and whatever else he went off on to students. you let him explain. and if he is a bigot, you fire him. but if he can explain his way out of it (which he can't) you give him another chance with a clear understanding to keep his views off campus. larisa is right about coaches, or campus big shot people. 

I'm outraged as well (4.00 / 1)
but knowing football for the religion it is in Alabama, I expect we've heard all we're gonna hear. Any minute now this will become a "personnel" matter and not subject to the Open Meetings laws. We'll probably never know what was/wasn't done but I'm willing to bet Coach still has a job come Spring training.

I've got three tools in my arsenal: my voice, my wallet, and my vote.

What do you expect in Alabama? (0.00 / 0)

They will not fire him. This is Alabama and racists usually dont get fired because many of the bosses profess or believe racist ideals.

Everyone over 50 is racist, black, white, Latino, Hispanic, Asian, and et cetera in this country. USA rooted in racism; it got a jumpstart with slavery.  I am still shocked when I meet someone and they're less racist than most.

Qui bibit, dormit; qui dormit, non peccat; qui non peccat, sanctus est; ergo qui bibit sanctus est.

I always expect better... (4.00 / 1)
and I'm sadly, too often disappointed!

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

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