Why is This Dancing Apes Video From Arby’s Considered Racist by DeSoto ISD?

Unfair Park‘s Patrick Williams is criticizing DeSoto school officials for reprimanding a principal for circulating a video (embedded above) of an old commercial depicting chimps dancing in the Irish Riverdance style to his staff. I agree that it’s hard to see what the clip has to do with race, but Williams is seemingly ignoring what was noted near the bottom of today’s Dallas Morning News article about the incident:

[West Middle School principal Kevin] Dixon said he first discovered the video in an online school leadership newsletter he received that featured the short clip. His email to his staff said that assistant principal Audrey Barnes, who is black, would lead the school in an Irish dance to celebrate the beginning of spring break.

Are some people being overly sensitive? Perhaps. But I’m not sure they deserve to be dismissed as “humorless dicks.”

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