Let Freedom Ring

  • Season 1, Ep 6
  • 06/26/1999

Flatpoint High is up in arms to find out whodunit after someone scrawls a racial slur on the wall.

I BELIEVE THE PERSON--THE PERSON WHO SPRAY-PAINTED...

YES ? OUT WITH IT.

I...

I GUESS I CAN'T SAY FOR SURE.

MAYBE WE SHOULD SHOW HIMTHE FILM AGAIN.

NO, THAT'S IT !

YOU JUST FOUND YOURSELF THE PROUD PAPA

OF A BEAUTIFUL TEN POUNDBOUNCING SUSPENSION.

CAPICHE AMIGO, HMM ?

I GOT SOMETHING TO SAY !

I HOPE THIS HAS SOMETHING TO DOWITH THE INCIDENT.

WHAT INCIDENT ?

THE TRAGIC, RACIST INCIDENTTHAT HAS SHAKEN ALL OUR LIVES !

OH THAT... I DID IT.

OF COURSE !

I SHOULD HAVE KNOWNHE WAS COVERING FOR YOU.

EVERYBODY IN THE SCHOOL KNOWS THAT

COTTON HAS BEEN REAPINGTHE FRUITS OF YOUR LOINS !

HE WASN'T !

AND HE HASN'T.

WHY JERRI ?

WHY WOULD YOU WRITE SUCHA HATEFUL WORD ON THE WALL ?

I MEANT IT-I MEANT ITTO BE A PARABLE ?

YOU MEANT IT TO BE A MESSAGE

CONVEYED THROUGHAN ALLEGORICAL NARRATIVE ?

NO... A PUN !

A PUN, A PLAY ON WORDS ?

THERE'S ONLY ONE WORD,HOW MUCH PLAY COULD THERE BE ?

OKAY, ALL RIGHT...A RIDDLE ?

OH, I LIKE RIDDLES.

BUT FRANKLY I DON'T GET IT.

NEITHER DO I.

( Blackman )WELL, YOU BETTER SOLVE ITQUICKLY.

WELL, I GUESS-- AND I'M JUSTSTABBING IN THE DARK HERE,

AND I DON'T WANT THISTO AFFECT OUR RELATIONSHIP--

BUT, I DON'TLIKE BLACK PEOPLE.

I'M SO SORRY, PAUL.

I DIDN'T MEANTO HURT YOU.

I REALLY CARE FOR YOU.

I JUST FIND IT ODDTHAT SUCH A RACIST

WOULD CARE FORA PERSON OF COLOR.

I DON'T.

I CARE FOR YOU.

DRING, DRING,REMEMBER THE BELL ?

JERRI,I'M A PERSON OF COLOR.

( snap-snap )

WHAT ? WELL, HOW... ?

BOTH MY PARENTS AREPEOPLE OF COLOR.

YOU SEE MY SKIN IS JUSTA RECESSIVE TRAIT.

OH, MY GOD, I GUESS I DOLIKE BLACK PEOPLE.

IT JUST TOOK A WHITE ONETO PROVE IT TO ME.

WELL, JERRI, I GUESS IT WASA PARABLE, AFTER ALL.

( all laughing )

KITTENS, YOU'RE PRETTY GOOD !

HI.

MY NAME IS PERCY KITTENS,

AND I'M A FORMERGRIEF COUNSELOR.

HELLO, PERCY.

I'D LIKE TO ASK YOUA FEW QUESTIONS,

BUT FIRST, WHY DON'T YOUTELL ME WHAT YOU SAW ?

I THINK YOU'REPUSHING HIM TOO HARD.

IT'S OK !

NOW, JEFFERY--IT'S GEOFFREY !

LOOK, YOU DON'THAVE TO DO THIS !

MAYBE...YOU SHOULD LEAVE.

YEAH, I THINKYOU SHOULD, TOO.

I WAS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

PLEASE CHUCK, JUST GO.

( Kittens )NOW GO ON...

UH, I WAS WEARING A DAGO-TEEAND UM...

THIS THIN, COTTON,BLOUSY SHIRT

WITH ANINDIAN PATTERN,

NOT-- ( whooping )

KIND OF INDIAN, BUT--

"AHH AHH AHH"KIND OF INDIAN.

AND UH, I WAS WALKING DOWN THE HALLWAY...

AND I HEARD A SOUND,A SPRAY CAN SOUND...

AND THE SMELL...

THAT PAINT SMELL,

I CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY NOSE !

AND I LOOKED ANDI SAW THE WORD...

WHAT DID IT SAY ?

IT SAID...NI NI NI NNN.

STOP IT !YOU'RE KILLING HIM !

PUT AWAY YOUR CLAWS,KITTENS.

HE'S ABOUT BLOW !

I'M SORRY !

GEOFFREY !NO !

HMMM, THOSE TWO AREAN ODD PAIR.

HMMM...

I WONDER WHATTHEY'RE HIDING ?

WHAT DO YOU MEAN ?

RECOGNIZE THIS COLOR ?

HUHHH...

I RECOGNIZE IT.

DIDN'T EXPECT ME, DID YA ?

GOTCHA !

HOW'S THIS TASTE ?

( radio chatter )

Yes, I'm a black man, and yes,I'm dressed like an astronaut.

That disturbs you, doesn't it ?

Ha ha ha ha ha.

And I supposea black woman

isn't supposed to be a doctor,is that it ?

What didyou expect ?

Something mo' like dis ?

Educate yourself to this reality !

Go on, tell me what else a blackman isn't supposed to be !

You need to face the fact--you are a racist.

A racist !

You, not me.

I'm not the racist and nor isMr. Kittens here.

Look, we know these imagesare shocking,

but I'm not sure we want tolive in a country

where Principal Blackman can't dress up like a giant squirrel.

You're a racist.

Where's my nut ?