An Akron, Ohio high school teacher has been suspended after posting a racist Facebook message. David Spondike, a music teacher at Akron’s Firestone High School, posted the message after an apparent incident involving kids urinating on his lawn during Trick-or-Treating, but quickly turned into a racial slur filled, hateful rant.
Despite his assurances that he “doesn’t have anything against anyone of any color,” it appears he does. The message was quickly deleted but – and this should be obvious to anyone who has lived even a single day in the 21st century – not before someone took a screenshot and preserved it for all of history.
The story gets odder. Spondike followed up that message with several more trying to do some damage control. He fails miserably. Here is what he said:
There is a screen shot of a post floating around that is being used claim I am a racist. My position on race and racism has been posted and discussed here on many occasions and is exemplified on a daily basis in my life. I have always been clear and have never minced words on this issue. I have always confronted it head on and never behind peoples’ backs. Please do not expect me to be anything less than consistent today.
The fact that his “position on race and racism” has been discussed frequently most likely means this isn’t the first time he has said something questionable. Apparently that doesn’t deter him. He goes on to explain that he “doesn’t mince words on this issue,” – in other words, he’s definitely said some offensive things.
He followed THAT non-apology with another one:
1. The post contains the “n-word”.
2. I sincerely apologize to those who are sincerely offended by the post; it was promptly removed.
3. I am not going to say that “someone hacked my Facebook page”, like most people do.
4. “Racism” implies prejudging, which is clearly not what happened here.
5. Making any excuse for allowing one race to use a word and condemning another race for using the same word is institutionalized racism in and of itself, regardless of the justification used.
6. The incident surrounds the criminal behavior described below, where a teenager exposed himself in front of young children, urinating on a telephone pole in broad daylight during trick-or-treating.
There are a lot of sparkly, “you’re definitely a racist” gems in his apology but let’s look at just a few.
Number 4: “Racism” implies prejudging… which despite his denial is exactly what he did. I’m guessing he never bothered to learn anything about the people he railed against in his post, but he did manage to assume they were from the “ghetto” and call them the n-word several times. By his own logic then, Spondike is a racist.
Number 5: The old “it’s not racist if other people do it!” defense. Used exclusively by racists every where. Also he might want to look up the term “institutionalized racism” because white people not being able to say a historically hateful and derogatory word isn’t it.
While Spondike is clearly racist, his previous actions paint an even more troubling picture.
AkronNewsNow.com has obtained Spondike’s personnel file with Akron Public Schools, which shows prior incidents where Spondike’s behavior got the attention of administrators.
In 2000, he was reprimanded for throwing a chair against a classroom wall, and using strong profanity against students.
In 2001, Spondike was disciplined for spitting on the floor after student in his class fell asleep.
And in 2007, he was accused of physically abusing a Goodyear Middle School student, an allegation that was found to be unsubstantiated after investigation by the district and Akron police.
But Spondike was told the incident could have been avoided – and it was hoped it wasn’t a repeat of his past behavior.[source]
A suspension is a good first step, but school officials should consider seriously the danger of having a man with more than a few major issues that just keep coming up.
An Akron, Ohio high school teacher has been suspended after posting a racist Facebook message. David Spondike, a music teacher at Akron’s Firestone High School, posted the message after an apparent incident involving kids urinating on his lawn during Trick-or-Treating, but quickly turned into a racial slur filled, hateful rant. - See more at: http://www.classwarfareexists.com/racist-ohio-teacher-to-trick-or-treaters-ns-stay-out/#sthash.zgySr7OT.dpuf