School Psychologist Defends Racist Tweets About Black Kids
Mark Traina says the liberal media is to blame for criticism of his comments.
A Louisiana school psychologist is defending a series of racist online posts in which he said black males are destroying the U.S.
Mark Traina, a school psychologist with the Jefferson Parish Public schools in New Orleans, is blaming the liberal media for the criticism of his offensive Twitter comments.
"Whenever someone speaks out, the liberal media just wants to demonize you," he said.
Traina expanded on those remarks in a long comment posted to the Times-Picayune website last week:
"The Southern Poverty Center knows that these allegations are ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE! This is just another way to harass the Jefferson Parish Public School System. One only needs to read the Times Picayune to see who the real trouble makers are. Sadly, it is disproportionately young black males. Everyone knows that our jails throughout the United States are disproportionately filled with black people. Why would the rate be any different in an educational environment?"
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You can view Traina's controversial comments below:
- "Angry young black males with no respect for life destroying the U.S."
- "Serpas should be warning people to stay the hell out of New Orleans! These black dudes will kill you!" (The reference is to Ronal Serpas, the New Orleans police superintendent.)
- "2 New Orleans policemen shot, 1 suspect dead, another injured. Quick Someone call David Duke before the NAACP gets here."
He posted similar comments on the New Orleans Times-Picayune website. Traina claims the comments came out of frustration and that he isn't a racist.
Traina is the subject of a federal complaint filed by the Federal Government and the Southern Poverty Law Center.