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Watch: Thomas Roberts Talks to Arkansas Times Reporter About School Board Member Clint McCance's Hate Speech


Thomas Roberts talks to Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times about Midland School Board member Clint McCance, who made headlines yesterday with a barrage of hate speech against gays on Facebook.

In a Facebook status update, McCance reacted to the school's Spirit Day in memory of kids victimized by anti-gay bullying, saying, in part:

"Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers committed suicide. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed therselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE"

Brantley spoke to McCance, who said he's received hundreds of phone calls and is worried about his family. The school board is refusing to comment.

The Arkansas Education Department has expressed "dismay" over McCance's posting. No action has yet been taken. Brantley says a protest is being planned at the school by activist groups.

The Arkansas Dept. of Education's statement, via The Advocate:

"The Arkansas Department of Education strongly condemns remarks or attitudes of this kind and are dismayed to see that a school board official would post something of this insensitive nature on a public forum like Facebook. Because Mr. McCance is an elected official, the department has no means of dealing with him directly. However, the department does have staff who investigate matters of bullying in schools and we will monitor and quickly respond to any bullying of students that may occur because of this, as we have with other civil rights issues in the past. The department also has worked with the State’s Office of the Attorney General during the month of October to provide training to counselors across the state regarding cyberbullying, ‘sexting’ and texting, which included a portion on how to watch for and deal with bullying of this kind."

Watch Thomas Roberts speak to Brantley, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I worry for McCance's family, too. But not for the same reasons he does.

    Posted by: Zack | Oct 27, 2010 5:03:34 PM

  2. News for Thomas Roberts: being gay or lesbian is not an 'identity crisis' or a 'sexuality crisis.'

    Posted by: Vauxhall02 | Oct 27, 2010 5:07:02 PM

  3. the midland school district superintendent put up a message in response to this story

    Posted by: Ryan Leach | Oct 27, 2010 5:09:05 PM

  4. I only have to point out one word - "THERSELVES" (sic) - and that says it all about this douche-bag.

    Posted by: Hunter | Oct 27, 2010 5:11:38 PM

  5. Please correct this line:

    "The AK Dept. of Education's statement, via The Advocate:"

    The state abbreviation for Arkansas is AR. AK would be Alaska.

    Posted by: Scott | Oct 27, 2010 5:16:43 PM

  6. Nice job MAX BRANTLEY AT Arkansas Times - you are RIGHT On.

    Makes me a little less embarrassed to be from Lake Village & Arkansas.

    Posted by: craig | Oct 27, 2010 5:27:11 PM

  7. He looks like an ignorant jerk who was stupid enough to expose his true bigoted self to the world.

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 27, 2010 5:28:08 PM

  8. McCance; who would have thought that scum like this still crawl into the light of day.

    But at least we can see them.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 27, 2010 5:38:06 PM

  9. PS : I do not suffer from an identity crisis.......or a sexuality issue.
    I'm just gay.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 27, 2010 5:41:56 PM

  10. @Vauxhall02: Relax. Many of us had a period of confusion, consternation and doubt when coming to terms with our sexuality. I definitely would call that a "sexuality crisis."

    But I'm glad you had a seamless transition with reconciling your thoughts with society's expectations.

    Posted by: TommyOC | Oct 27, 2010 5:43:22 PM

  11. @vauxhall02: You DO realize the interviewer, Thomas Roberts, is GAY himself?! I doubt he thinks his own sexual reality is an "identity crisis", whatever that's supposed to mean.

    This redneck dumbass cracker Clint McCance, however, is a waste of air, water and food whose children hate him-- if any of them have two living brain cells to rub together. Highly doubtful, as they're probably the product of inbreeding like their "uncle daddy" and "aunt mom". Eeewwwwww.

    Posted by: One of the CA 36,000 | Oct 27, 2010 5:45:13 PM

  12. still not gonna vote guys?

    this is what we'll get.

    Posted by: Truth Patrol | Oct 27, 2010 5:59:35 PM

  13. Good local reporting by Max Brantley.

    I can't believe that a school board member couldn't get recalled for this language, much less using Facebook (does he think he's Sarah Palin) and using the word 'THERSELVES' ?

    Posted by: Shawn | Oct 27, 2010 6:13:41 PM

  14. “Brantley spoke to McCance, who said he's received hundreds of phone calls and is worried about his family.”

    Boo-fucking-hoo, you cowardly asshole. I’m not advocating violence against anyone, but really, you reap what you sow, pal...

    Posted by: ichabod | Oct 27, 2010 6:30:10 PM

  15. so now he's gone all crybaby. we're supposed to feel sorry for him?

    Posted by: alguien | Oct 27, 2010 6:33:29 PM

  16. Changing topic: Has anybody else spoken to the guy on grindr who insists he's Tom Roberts and sends pics he downloads off of the internet? It would be funny if it weren't so pathetic.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Oct 27, 2010 7:05:36 PM

  17. Many people have proposed a boycott of McCance’s business; he clean carpets. This would have limited effect. More effective I think would be to attack the water damage recovery service that is part of his business. That business is largely funded by insurance companies that must use his services. Protest to the insurance companies that recommend his company to policy holders or that make direct payment to McCance.
    This is a protest that could be made in every state and against large companies which work to maintain their image. McCance obviously doesn’t care what people think of him. Address the companies that do business with him. Call your local agent and ask if your insurer has made payment to McCance. Your agent won’t be able to answer, but the question will make the companies take a second look at McCance.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 27, 2010 7:10:29 PM

  18. VOTE for progressive candidates! Not voting only makes people like this have a stronger voice, and gives them the means to make such views national instead of just isolated to some corner of Arkansas.

    Posted by: Brian B | Oct 27, 2010 8:04:35 PM

  19. Seriously. . .we're going to take demeaning remarks from this cross-eyed f*ck?. . .
    I don't worry about his family. . .I feel sorry for them.

    Posted by: JG | Oct 27, 2010 10:02:08 PM

  20. Wow. You know how they always portray crazy people with one eye bigger than the other in cartoons? ... He even LOOKS like a lunatic!

    Posted by: Craig | Oct 27, 2010 10:24:26 PM

  21. @vauxhall02: Thomas Roberts himself is gay-- quite publicly. Duh.

    @craig: the man interviewed is NOT McCance. He's the (quite admirable) reporter from the Arkansas Times who's helping break the story! Double duh.

    Posted by: steve | Oct 27, 2010 10:32:02 PM

  22. JG and Craig: No, the real f*cks and lunatics are people who comment on videos they haven't viewed. See that arrow-looking thing over the picture? Try clicking it! It's magic!

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 27, 2010 10:40:13 PM

  23. if you live in a place where your gay life is happy and secure, please remember that not everyone is as fortunate as you. please vote.

    Posted by: please vote | Oct 28, 2010 2:15:11 AM

  24. LMFAO - McCance says "he has a family to consider" he has two young daughters" - What about the f*cking families of the kids who killed themselves? Or the other families that have nto made it on the news who have had their loved ones end their lives? What about their families, McCance?!

    I hope they nail this bigotted ratf*ck to the wall!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Oct 28, 2010 2:31:53 PM

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