A white superintendent in Texas is under fire after posting a racist message on Facebook.
Onalaska ISD Superintendent Lynn Redden posted: “you can’t count on a black quarterback” on a public Facebook page for a local newspaper.
The Post Was Screen Grabbed
Redden made the shocking comment about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on the Facebook page for Chron.com. The comment was screen grabbed by Spring resident Matt Ericksen who sent the post to the website.
Ericksen was disgusted by the “blatantly racist” comment and wanted Redden to see the ramifications of his actions. “It’s important to make sure horrible words are met with consequences, especially for those in powerful positions with influence,” Ericksen said.
Redden referenced the last play of the game in which quarterback Watson held the ball as the final seconds ticked off the clock.“That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I’ve seen in the NFL,” he wrote. “When you need precision decision making you can’t count on a black quarterback.” he added.
He “Regrets” His Actions
As Redden’s comment went viral, he quickly deleted it.
“I totally regret it,” Redden told the Houston Chronicle newspaper. He admits he can see why people interpret his comment as racist. But claims he was talking about the lack of statistical success of black quarterbacks in the NFL.
“Over the history of the NFL, they [black quarterbacks] have had limited success,” he said.
Redden – who makes approximately $155,000 a year as a superintendent- went on to say that he has not faced any consequences as a result of the post.
About 1,020 children attend Onalaska ISD, according to a database from the Texas Tribune. Redden said he hopes none of the students saw the post. “I wish it had never been posted,” he told Chron.com.