1. Lars says

    Wish I could say I didn’t hear crap like this in my school. But racism, sexism, and homophobia are alive and well — this guy just happened to get caught. He speaks for countless others in positions of authority, who spout this bile all the time with complete impunity.

  2. Joe says

    I hate when people say something really vile, and then attempt an explanation by saying things like, “If you could see into my heart.” My friend, we already have.

  3. TonyJazz says

    “No hatred towards anyone.”

    He’s so smart that he even outwardly lies in his apology….

    I hope he resigns from his job (yes, even though he’s in the state of Alabama, he could have some shame….).

    Would you want someone like this teaching YOUR children?

  4. MikeW says

    He’s a psychology teacher?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  5. Ernst Rhoem's Ghost says

    Mike W hit the nail on the head. This story doesn’t add-up. In fact, if the teacher really did what they say, then the most likely explanation is that he wants to get fired.

    The second most likely possibility is that he has developped an emotional illness and basically lost the ability to cover-up his real feelings. ALL school teachers need to conceal their feeliings now-a-days. It has become a basic job requirement.

    The most likely scenario of all is that he was giving some kind of demonstration about intolerance as an example to the class. That would basically mean that the story is a hoax.

  6. Caliban says

    “tells the students they can “get pissed off at me or not. You can go tell the principal, call the superintendent and tell her.”

    Looks like someone took you up on your offer, you mouth-breathing POS, so suck it up.

  7. Brian says

    I read on the page that the student who recorded the track is being disciplined with detention for recording this without the coaches permission.

  8. Contrarian says

    Newsflash. Bulletin. Breaking News. In the heart of Dixie a white coach hates black folk and “queers” as he so delicately put it. He’s also a fundamentalist and Biblical literalistic person. As one comment above so accurately said, the only sin in his world is a losing season. Is there any news here? Make him a martyr by firing him and he’ll be the next Republican congressman from his district. Such is the state of our troubled country.

  9. GLAW2014 says

    Michelle Obama looks overweight because she is not his preferred anorexic body type of the female gender. And judging by his photo, I am pretty sure he is not too lean himself. I would really love to know what the topic of conversation was that allowed for this racist/homophobic rant. Perhaps they were studying Bigotry 101: How to look and sound like you are a native Alabamian white man?

  10. woodroad34 says

    After watching the video of all the recent Rightwingnuts who’ve slammed gays or kept our rights from us, then being outted as gay themselves…all I can say about Bob Grisham is “Call the following:
    Ted Haggard, George A. Rekers, Richard Curtis, Roy Ashburn, Albert Odulele, Mark Foley, Christopher Lee, Eddie Long, Jim West, Paul Babeu, Ken Mehlman, and Larry Craig on how to come out. Baby, you’re gonna need all the support you can get. ‘Yoah mouth is sure purty'”

  11. ratbastard says

    LOL…funny…it’s so predictable what stories on TR will attract the most comments.

    USA = 315 Million people and counting

    Alabama = 4,822,023

    Rogersville = 1,245

    This guy is a coach at a HS in a very small, poor town with a high rate of poverty. Protest and get mad by all means, but get a grip.

    If we had stories on the beliefs or things that people have said, all the people of Rogersville, all the people of Alabama, all the people of the U.S., all the people of the world, all 7+ billion of them, there would be a lot of hospital emergency room admissions for strokes.

    The fact is, much of what is passed on as news is censored and much is not reported at all.

  12. ratbastard says


    It’s grossly unfair and bigoted to slam all ‘native born’ Alabama white men’ just as it would be grossly unfair to do likewise to black men, Asian men, Hispanic men, white women, black women, Asian women, Hispanic women, heterosexuals and homosexuals. And I’ve encountered in my life many non-white guys and women who have had unkind ‘racist’ things to say about the typical body type of white women.

  13. ratbastard says


    Are you a black male? Do you trace you family to the deep south or south in general? Can you explain to me why most of the MANY American born black people I’ve known in my life who can trace their family background to the south LOVE the south, are often obsessed with it, eat southern-style food, use southern slang, frequently travel back and forth north to south to north? And most American black folks like I described that I’ve know have nothing bad to say about southern whites, it’s usually northern white they dislike.

  14. Kyle says

    Ratbastard, your point is well taken, but in that small town of 1245 people, there is likely a gay kid or two who might be in that class room. This teacher not on inflicts his hatred on that kid, he gives permission for the other kids to believe it as well. I should know, I grew up in a town of 1450 in Alabama.

  15. Bill says

    Ratbastard: I agree with your general statement against generalizing what a group feels. However, as an Alabama native who returns to visit family several times a year, I don’t think anyone would be off-base to assume that the VAST MAJORITY of the state is homophobic and bigoted.

  16. Ben says

    Funny that we have a number of “progressive” gays, including some writers on Towleroad, who think that it is great to refer to gay and lesbian people as “queers.” Queer is never an acceptable term. You can’t reclaim it or turn it into something good. When you use that word, you are just muddying the waters and giving permission to homophobes to use it too.

  17. woodroad34 says

    You know, Homophobia is soooooo gay. He’s so afraid that gays will treat him like he treats women and that lesbians will treat his woman better than he does– to quote a couple of wonderful sayings.

  18. melvin says

    My supervisor was from Alabama. When I told her I was going through on a visit, she said “You better stay in Huntsville. Outside of there, you’re not going to like those people and they sure as hell won’t like you.”

  19. Maguita says

    You cannot say that all white men from the South are racist, xenophobic, misogynist and homophobic bigots.

    However, and quite unfortunately, whenever you hear a white man spewing in public so righteously hateful homophobic, racist and all-around bigoted words, as if the world owes it to him and should listen, chances are, he is from the South.

  20. ratbastard says

    I agree there’s a problem especially in the south. Like I said on another thread on TR today; the main obstical regarding gay rights in the U.S. is based primarily in the south, and this is primarily due to evangelical Christians. To some degree it’s also due to the sever trauma that occurred in the post civil war reconstruction south, among all people white and black. It took the south until essentially the 1960s – 1970s to really recover from the civil war. And ALL white southern people were demonized and to some extent still are as being a certain way, especially of course by ‘progressives’. It has left a very bad taste in many southerner’s mouths down to this day. I was playing Devil’s Advocate in my previous posts, but still most of what I said is true. I’m especially curious to hear from a black person with roots in the south why so many black people still after all that occurred love the south, southern culture and traditions. And I’m not trying to be disrespectful to black people or white southerners in any of my posts.

    P.S. I guess I should have referred to that as the war of northern aggression.

  21. FunMe says

    Further proof that fundamentalism is a CULT of hate and has no place in a civilized society. The religions snd the HATE of these fake Christians needs to be eradicated.

  22. Swiminbuff says

    Why is it whenever these idiots get caught they say they misspoke and their words do not reflect what is in their hearts? Get real and get lost and go get another job! You certainly should not be employed in a public school system.

  23. Caliban says

    Time after time we hear, with heartbreaking frequency, about LGBT kids killing themselves due in part to bullying by their fellow students. Chances are very good that among the students in that classroom, his other classes, or on the football team there are a few gay kids. Well it’s walking skid-marks like this @sshole who empower those bullies, give them implicit permission to keep doing it. He’s a one-man “It Gets Worse” campaign and he has NO business in public education.

    It doesn’t MATTER that he’s one man or the size of the town or the population of his state. He’s charged with the education of a diverse student population and this is some pretty d@mn good evidence that he’s a miserable failure at it. He *should* be fired.

  24. says

    Amen, Caliban.

    These bigots seem to think that “gays” are magical creatures that materialize out of thin air in downtown urban centres in their twenties.

    the bigot has gay students. just asa great many of the bigots against the Boy Scouts potential policy change have their own gay kids at home.

  25. Derrick from Philly says


    you’ve made some interesting points today not all of which I disagree with.

    But you asked, why do so many Black Americans have a fondness for the South considering its history? Well, number one is family and family history.

    But there’s another reason some Blacks prefer the South to the North. The treatment of Blacks in the North wasn’t all hungs and kisses either–especially from police and city planners and banks.

    Ratbastard, where did the worst race riots in America happen during the 1970s (over the issue of school busing)? You know this particular city very well.

  26. JJ says

    How unlucky for this poor teacher that the one time that kid turns on the recorder–for what must have been no reason–teach spews a completely uncharacteristic load of hate.

    With teachers like this, the distinct might as well just print the welfare application on the back of their diplomas.

  27. Bernie says

    and since I don’t know this fool’s heart.. what is in his heart about GLBT people is exactly what he said in that videotape…to me there is nothing worse than a person who back pedals and cannot stand up for what they believe…

  28. Tanoka says

    This man sure seems like he’d be a fantastic lover. Gentle and thorough; attentive and giving in every way. Bet he’s a cuddler, too.

    Props to the kid with the recorder. I hope you carry that punishment like a badge of honor, kid!!!

  29. Dan B says

    I’m glad I’m not the only one recognizing that the “it’s not what’s really in my heart line” is starting to become the standard bigoted idiot defense.
    Also, @RATBASTARD, well-played. You denounce us for generalizing about Southern whites. Then you immediately start generalizing about Southern blacks. You have successfully confirmed my generalization that conservatives forget what they say as soon as it comes out of their mouths.

  30. ratbastard says

    @Derrick from Philly,

    Derrick, I can tell you that busing in Boston during the 70s had A LOT to do with CLASS, which the ‘progressive’ elite [whom then and now DID NOT bus their kids to sh*tty dangerous inner-city schools] ignored or poo-pooed back then and still do today. They choose essentially one of the few working class/poor inner city white ‘ethnic’ neighborhoods for their social experiement.

    There was a great fear in Boston at that time that the city would end up like Detroit, Newark, etc., and that ‘white flight’ needed to be stopped. Busing actually made it worse, and included middle class black people and others [it isn’t fair to refer to it as ‘white flight'; it was middle class flight.

    I went to Catholic HS for a few years in Boston in the 80s and it was very diverse, with plenty of black, Asian and Hispanic students from the city, just like the white kids. These black kids families were willing to spend the $ to send their kid to a private Catholic school over the ‘desegregated’ [by this time, ALL the major schools except for the exam schools were overwhelming minority] public schools.

  31. acd says

    Amazing that he also teaches psychology. He must explore the evolution of bigotry and ignorance into virulent hate supported by a guy in the sky. Incredible in 2013.

  32. David Hearne says

    @ ratbastard

    “the main obstical regarding gay rights in the U.S. is based primarily in the south, and this is primarily due to evangelical Christians”

    The LDS church is HQ in Utah.
    The Aryan Nations is in Idaho and has declared the Pacific NW to be the Homeland.
    The KKK and the Nation of Islam are HG in Illinois.
    The real Muslims (also anti-gay) are in Dearborn.
    Focus On The Family is HQ in Colorado Springs
    The Christian Coalition is HQ in Washington DC
    National Organization For Marriage is HQ Princeton NJ
    The Catholic Church is HQ in New York

    Need I go on?

  33. Rodney Wollam says

    These southerners complain they are treated as second class citizens in the minds of the ‘elite’. Well, to them I say if they only refused to consider what the color of a person’s skin is, who anyone sleeps with, or what language sounds like coming out of anyone’s mouth, they might find my sympathetic. Until then, they are treated better than they deserve.

    P.S. Those Southerners who still dwell on a butt kicking that occurred nearly 150 years ago need only to look in their family histories to find who really is to blame.

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