A video made its way to Instagram showing a North Carolina assistant football coach hurling racial slurs and declaring “white power” — and now he’s out of a job.
“I was greatly dismayed and disappointed to see this type of behavior and mindset from someone in a position of trust,” Knightdale High School principal Keith Richardson said of John Hoskins’ resignation Tuesday, according to regional outlet WNCN. “It is the responsibility of a coach to uphold the highest standards of behavior. They are role models to our children on and off the field, and are trusted to coach our students with the utmost integrity.”
Richardson added that the administration considers it “deeply upsetting” when a school employee breaks this trust.
“Furthermore, using the language of white supremacy stirs up feelings of fear, intimidation, and threats of racial violence,” Richardson said.
Despite later claiming “I’m not a racist,” the video in question—per CBS News—was shared by Hoskins and showed him saying both white power and the n-word. Prior to its deletion, school officials were alerted to its presence.
Hoskins told ABC 11 that his career has now been “ruined” by “15 seconds of fame in the wrong way.”
Anybody who’s willing to declare “white power” — on video — is racist.
This is the resignation letter from the assistant ? coach at Knightdale High who was seen on video using the N-word and shouting “White Power, Knightdale.” He explained to me this was locker room talk condoned by his black players, he used while celebrating Friday with friends. pic.twitter.com/MjDURjU3nQ
— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) November 5, 2019