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All too often, racism and social media go hand-in-hand—as it did recently when a white Indiana teen called a Black cheerleader the N-word.

Tyler Tackett, a student at Western High School in Indiana, was standing next to a Black cheerleader in a photo that featured two other students. He posted the photo to his Instagram account and referred to the young lady as a “n***er. The backlash was immediate and soon the school’s principal found out what happened. After the fallout, Tackett apologized onInstagram. The Root has further details on the controversy, including Tackett’s full apology.

Via The Root:

Racism has a way of rearing its ugly head on social media, especially when screenshots are so simple to take. And now a high school student is asking for forgiveness after calling a black cheerleader n–ger. Tyler Tackett, a student at Western High School in Russiaville, Ind., posted a Snapchat showing him, a fellow student and two cheerleaders. Apparently, Tackett felt some kind of way standing next to the black cheerleader and called her the n-word.

Soon after the photo went viral, Rick Davis, the school’s principal denounced the image on Twitter and expressed disappointment. There’s no word on the consequences that Tackett will face, but maybe he should have apologized directly to the woman he called the n-word.

You can check out Tackett’s full Instagram apology BELOW:


Hopefully his apology is sincere and not a simple attempt to save face or something he was forced to do by his family and school administrators. Currently, the young woman whom he referred to has not been identified.


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