Angela Box, a third-grade teacher of mostly minority children in Houston, has resigned and will receive three months’ pay after she made controversial and bigoted remarks in November about Muslims and President Obama. Box is a regular guest on ‘Tommy’s Garage,’ a late-night conservative political talk show in the Houston area. The former teacher blamed community activists and The New Black Panthers, among others, for her having to resign.
During one broadcast of the show, Box said that “goat f***ing Muslims, and oh, boy f***ing Muslims, are the evil of the world. She also asked during the broadcast, “Can’t Ebola just take one for the team and take out Obama?” Muslims and Obama weren’t the only ones that she targeted. She also said she was wearing a Mexican flag as a thong.
Below is video of Box’s remarks from the show, courtesy of YouTube user Egberto Willies. There is some profanity included.
When her remarks first came to light in mid-November, Box denied that she is a racist or bigot, an assertion she reiterated on Thursday when she announced her resignation. She also said that she would be seeking action against Quanell X, a community activist who helped sound the alarm bells regarding her comments.
“As I have said before, opposing President Obama and sounding the alarm about radical Islam does not make me a racist. I am considering all my legal options regarding the conduct from Mr. X and others. I expect to have an announcement as early as next Monday regarding my future steps.”
Last month, when a local news station asked her about the anti-Muslim comments she made claiming that they fornicate with goats, she said she saw a video of some of them doing it, so you know, that covers that.
“Yes, I am a very good role model for children I’m a great teacher my students adore me and I adore them,” said Box.
When asked about her reference to Muslims fornicating with goats Box’s response was unapologetic.
“Did I say that on the air? Well, I saw a video one day and I’ve seen a few of them and I think it was Israeli surveillance and that kind of looked like what was going on,” said Box.
Asked whether the videos were sufficient evidence to suggest widespread bestiality among Muslims Box said, “No. The fact that I have to say that is ludicrous. Of course not,” she added.
Here’s the thing, The tape doesn’t lie. She said some very inflammatory and offensive things about Muslims on the program. To add to that, she also said she wanted the President of the United States to die. She said those things in a public forum and rightly got called out for them. Her free speech rights weren’t harmed. No one prevented her from making those statements and she is allowed to hold those views.
However, she is extremely naive if she thinks there weren’t going to be repercussions for saying extremely bigoted public remarks or wishing death upon POTUS. People have the right to free speech in this country, but that doesn’t mean they are free from consequences of their statements. As a teacher of young children, Ms. Box should have realized that making controversial and offensive comments publicly could potentially impact her employment, especially when parents got word of her actions.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).