The old saying goes that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, so many tweeters on Twitter turned the spotlight to the parents of Alabama teens when a house party video of high school students went viral with the teens caught in racist rants
Although we did not experience any blatant, public racism on our trip, I do have to say that this story did not surprise me in the least. In truth, it seemed quite evident during our visit that generation after generation in the Cotton State has passed the torch of racism -- now in the form of a tiki torch -- to their youth.
Below: At least one mother from Hoover, Alabama chimed in to point out, "Not everyone from Hoover or from Alabama is like this...." However, another Alabamian stated, "This is the Alabama norm."
Below: Two tweets from students from Spain Park High School who state that "this does not represent us as a whole":
Below: An interesting take from "EmmasMom" on Twitter who noted disparate views between Spain Park's "white kids on twitter" and the school's black students. "I'll take the black kids word on this one," she confessed.
At the right: Evidently a longer version of the video had been posted; however, it was removed from YouTube for "violating Youtube's policy on hate speech."
If you're from Alabama, I'd love to hear from you about your experience and views in the Heart of Dixie. Did the racist teen video surprise you at all -- or was it just another day in Alabama? Please comment below.