erika escalanteIf you’ve been keeping a running tab on all the stories of racism recently reported in the media– from the subtle to the overtly ignorant and dumb — like I have, you already know how these incidents go. Non-black person says or does something racially offensive in a public forum; Black Twitter finds out, drags said racist for hours, situation goes viral; racist’s employer finds out and promptly shows them the door; racist claims ignorance and apologizes for their behavior; Black Twitter unanimously replies “too little too late” and pats themselves on the back for a job well done; non-Black person most likely continues racially insensitive behavior, just doesn’t publicize it.

That latter point is why apologies like the one recently offered up by Erika Escalante just need to stop. Erika is the not-so-bright 20-year-old Spanish linguistics major who tweeted a photo of her and a friend in a cotton field with the caption “Our inner n-gger came out today” and who lost her internship at Isagenix in Chandler, AZ, as a result. When Fox reached out to the college student and told her a lot of people think at her age she should’ve known better than to post what she did, she replied:

“Well yeah, people have been telling me that, and I do know better, my parents tell me you need to watch what you post, everybody tells me you need to watch what you post, and it was just a lack of my better judgment. I was not thinking at all.
“I want to apologize to whoever I offended, I am sorry if you took this to heart, I am so sorry, I didn’t mean it at all, it was a mistake, that’s all I can say.”
So it’s okay to be racist so long as you don’t make it known on social media? That appears to be the takeaway Erika got from this, not the realization that, as has been explained time and time and time again, the n-word has no place coming out of the mouth or the fingertips of someone whom that racial slur wouldn’t otherwise be hurled at.

The thing about these apologies is they scream obligatory and lack authenticity which is why, at this point, they’re best left unsaid. Apologizing to “whoever” you offend without realizing who the offended are and why tells me it’s only a matter of time before this behavior is repeated again, probably just in private because the only lesson these apologists ever seem to learn is not to let their inner Klansman show, not to stop being ignorant bigots. It’s also clear if there weren’t any consequences for their actions, the word “sorry” would never slip from their tongue. So I’m good. The knowledge that such ignorance has hit people like Erika where it hurts most — their wallets and reputations — is more satisfactory than any half-hearted apology.

Clutchettes, are you here for these apologies?

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  • vintage3000

    This slag looks Mexican.

    • Mary Burrell

      I like the word “slag”

    • Mary Burrell

      With a last name like Escalante i would think she was but many of them are trying to assimilate into white culture

    • vintage3000

      And that same white girl she is grinning with in that photo probably calls her a beaner or wetback behind her back.

    • Mary Burrell

      Exactly, she’s so stupid she doesn’t think white people don’t like her either and they look down on her community too.

    • Rizzo

      it’s kind of ironic escalante would use the phrase “Our inner n-gger came out today.” if she is hispanic, i wonder if she feels the same about the hispanics who currently work in fields picking cotton, fruit and planting and picking vegetables for a living. some of those hispanics are migrant or guest workers.
      i guess in her mind only african americans picked cotton.

    • Rizzo

      i had to look slag up in the urban dictionary. it’s a really good, and useful, word.

    • vintage3000

      isn’t it though-a multitasking word to describe all kindsa trash.

    • Rizzo

      it is and it does :)

  • Mary Burrell

    Don’t proceed to do or say something racist or offensive then fake apologize i hate that

  • Mary Burrell

    No she is not sorry she is just a jerk

  • Chazz A

    The internet has given closet-racists the perfect platform to express their narrow-mined POV without facing any consequences, unless thy get caught, like the idiot in this article.
    The obsession that Caucasians have with black people is bizarre to me. To waste time driving to a cotton field, take pictures playing with cotton and post them online to the world is pathetic.
    IMO, closet racists, cyber stalkers and trolls are non-factors and may as well keep their empty apologies. The real threat to the social and economic equality is the system of white supremacy, not these little internet minions.

  • HighFashionJunkie

    Good, glad she got held accountable for her actions!