TEXAS CITY

Some Texas City and La Marque residents are calling for the resignation of a school board member after he posted a video of his family lip-syncing to a song that contained a racial slur.

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Michelle Aycoth

I say get rid of him just because he like rap.

Andy Aycoth

T.W. Day

There is a point to where people are just waiting to bring a grievance against anyone for any slight or insult that they feel they have endured. If you as a race are going to support those of your race who continue to use any derogatory act or speech, you don't have the right to criticize anyone who may deliberately or inadvertently commit that act or type of speech. Until you solidly critique your own you can't expect change anywhere else.

Bailey Jones

Seems like much much ado about nothing.

Ivory Rubin

"Much much ado about nothing?" Actually, there's a LOT ado about extremely poor judgement and attitude!! An elected public official posting that type of video was really ridiculous and juvenile. And, to revert to an old, tired, and weak line of defense of, "It's a double standard, because it's OK for black people to use the word, but not OK for white people", is inane whining and a extremely poor response from a trained Secret Service agent. But, the epitome of galactic arrogance and privilege is to declare that "...it should be celebrated that a white man and his white family listens to African American and rap music." What's next on Mr. Matranga's

Ivory Rubin

"Much much ado about nothing?" Actually, there's a LOT ado about extremely poor judgement and attitude!! An elected public official posting that type of video was really ridiculous and juvenile. And, to revert to an old, tired, and weak line of defense of, "It's a double standard, because it's OK for black people to use the word, but not OK for white people", is inane whining and a extremely poor response from a trained Secret Service agent. But, the epitome of galactic arrogance and privilege is to declare that "...it should be celebrated that a white man and his white family listens to African American and rap music." What's next on Mr. Matranga's extremely poor judgement list? If that is his response to black and white residents of the school district, does he next declare that black people should rejoice that they are allowed to attend the same board meetings as white men and their families?

C'mon, don't give cover to galactic poor judgement...because that is the least of what Mr. Matranga revealed about his leadership ability, and himself.

Joseph Lowry

They should be ashamed for attacking this man like this. Everybody knows mike is a good man. this is a politically motivated attack not just on Mike but on his kids.

David Smith

I agree .... get rid him of him ....

The day after you shut every rapper's filthy mouth..

The N word is used by a certain segment of our population with no recourse....daily.......

Racism isnt a one way street.

Ivory Rubin

False equivalency is an inadequate response to any issue. Anyone using that word is horrific...but black and white rappers, including comedians, aren't elected public officials. It is necessary that there be higher standard of public behavior (as well as private behavior that is revealed to the public) expected of elected public officials. They are suppose to be examples of the best of their ENTIRE community and constituents. And on that premise, Mr. Matranga failed...as does the false equivalency.

Carlos Ponce

"Anyone using that word is horrific...but black and white rappers, including comedians, aren't elected public officials." Since Mike Matranga NEVER said the word you should have no complaint. And neither did any member of his family. The rapper is the only voice you hear using the word. But according to you, that is acceptable.

Ivory Rubin

Words matter, and they should not be conflated. And reading for comprehension is required. If you deliberately and intentionally misrepresented my response, with the hope of having me go on the defense, it failed. If it wasn't deliberate or intentional, I suggest you go back and read my comments as I presented them. Then, I welcome your response, without conflating or obfuscating what I said. I'll wait.

Ivory Rubin

In addition, I also welcome you showing the specific comment of me saying that Drake, the rapper, using the N-word is acceptable. Unless you interpreted "anyone using that word is horrific" as being acceptable, then you're deliberately falsifying what I said.

Ivory Rubin

The man exercised extremely poor judgement in posting the video. That's point blank and period. And I would be pleased if you showed where I explicitly said, or implied, that the rapper using the N-word was acceptable.

Carlos Ponce

"Words matter, and they should not be conflated." Since the words were never said by Mike Matranga nor his family, what's your point?

Carlos Ponce

"In addition, I also welcome you showing the specific comment of me saying that Drake, the rapper, using the N-word is acceptable."

Ivory Rubin Nov 12, 2021 8:22am

" Anyone using that word is horrific...but black and white rappers, including comedians, aren't elected public officials." That shows acceptance. You seem to be posting, "it's okay as long as a rapper says it." If not, then CONDEMN USE BY RAPPERS. If you don't then that means you accept it.

Martin Connor

What a bunch of nonsense. Mike is a great man that cares deeply about his community. All the complainers just want him gone because he doesn't fall in lock step with the rest and speaks his mind. My kids are all young adults now and they still listen to a variety of music, including rap. Drake included. I don't care for him, yet they are old enough to decide what they want to listen to. I guess i should lose my job since i was a fan of NWA back in my teens.

Carlos Ponce

NWA? I am SHOCKED, SHOCKED, Martin! (paraphrasing Capt. Louis Renault's line from Casablanca)

I never heard of them.[beam]

Ivory Rubin

Absolutely NOT nonsense! Mr. Matranga engaged in "behavior unbecoming" any position he has ever held. They all require good judgement and restraint...he he did not exercise either!

Should he resign? I was of the opinion that he should not...until I read that he "opened his mouth and removed all doubt". For him to respond that there is a double standard, where black people can use the word and white people can't...is juvenile and ridiculous. That word is completely unacceptable. And then, he topped it off with, "...there should be celebration that a white man and his white family engage in African American and rap music." That "great man" decided to raise the specter of racial superiority in his response? Is he a racist? I don't know, and I don't care. I do care that a person elected to a position of governance over students and professional staffs of various ethnicities, should demonstrate better judgement than was shown in posting that video...and in his responses. Whining about double standards and bringing into question what sounds like racial superiority, is in bad form!!

Carlos Ponce

Simple fix Remove the video from Facebook. Oh, that's right, he did.

The school board member didn't say it, his daughter didn't say it. Calls for his resignation are inane.

Looks like Gladys Kravitz is living in Texas City.

Abner, Abner! That school board member put out a video with a racial slur!

Did he actually say it, Gladys?

Well..... no. What are you doing with my laptop?

Saving the world. CRASH

[Before Karen, there was Gladys.]

Gary Scoggin

This is what elections are for. If his conduct upset voters they will have a chance to express that when the time comes, taking into account the totality of his service.

James Lippert

The last San Leon area Constable was Pam "motor boat" Matranga. Her tenure did not end well neither, https://abcnews.go.com/US/galveston-county-constable-pam-matranga-accused-motorboating-deputy/story?id=16304189 .

Stuart Crouch

Beautiful. Forgot about that one.

Sue Emmite

I think I would have to say NO ONE should be using the word. If it is bad for anyone except a rapper to say it something is wrong.

Lethia Ann Fanuiel

As a private citizen, or public official, I would not have posted such a video. It was unprofessional and unnecessary. I’m not a rap fan and I’m a Black American. There are millions of songs out there that could have been used. As for the statement about “it should be celebrated that a white man and his white family listen to African American or rap music”…that’s hilarious. Whites and Blacks have been listening to each others’ music for ages. R&B, country, jazz, the classics, oldies, you name it; I own it.

Ivory Rubin

Agree...completely!! Unfortunately, there are a number of people here who don't seem to feel that professionalism is a necessary trait to be demonstrated at all times by elected officials. I was not in favor of him resigning...until he attempted to defend his poor judgement with his comments on "double standard" and a "white man and his white family listening to African American and rap music". Those were more conduct unbecoming than posting the video. Those comments revealed may have revealed his true social mindset...which is unacceptable for someone in a position of governing the behaviors and judgements of others.

Leigh Gottlob-Cowart

Maybe it's time "Social Media" needs to be taken down. Everything...is subject to people's opinion of what is right or wrong. You can lose your job, family, livelihood, respect of the community your serving over a dam harmless video and it doesn't matter when, how or why. JoePublic needs to just back off and grow a brain, think for themselves and get off the social media feeding frenzy. Realize that we are being used and refuse to take part in the insanity.

Look at what just happened in Houston at the Astroworld concert. Pay attention to what your children are listening to and monitor their social interactions. Look at the behaviors that played a large part of the tragedy that allowed that to happen. This "blame game" is going to shape our society if we allow it.

Stuart Crouch

I can't remember the last time that I participated in or posted a video that was set to music containing a racial slur.

There are reasons for that and none of them are 'luck'.

Ivory Rubin

Absolutely!!

Ivory Rubin

Why was admitting that posting that video, lip-syncing that song, was not an option? In every position Mr. Matranga has ever held, what he did would be considered "conduct unbecoming". Embracing accountability, and moving on should have been easy. Before he began whining about "double standards" and making the ridiculous comment about "celebrating a white man and his white family engaging in African American and rap music", his resignation should NOT have been the focus of discussion. But his responses brings into question his view of his privilege and superiority...and, that person should not be in a position of governance.

Carlos Ponce

This reminds me of an incident my senior year in high school. It was game day, we were in the hallway in front of the office waiting for the bell and we decided to have an impromptu mini-pep rally.

We called over another class member and told him, "We're going to chant 'two bits, four bits, six bits a buck. Hitchcock Bulldogs (the opponent that week) ain't worth a ...." The last word left off on purpose.

So we chanted:

"TWO BITS,

FOUR BITS,

SIX BITS A BUCK!

HITCHCOCK BULLDOGS AIN'T WORTH A"

Everyone remained quiet except the one lad who we just brought in who yelled out the F bomb - all by himself.

Gasps from the other students, the office staff and faculty....then laughter. No one got in trouble, not even the lad yelling "F***!"

As for me, you can't get in trouble for something you didn't say.[innocent]

Ivory Rubin

In a statement, Texas City ISD said although it does not condone the use of the language in Matranga’s video, it can’t take action based on what board members do outside of their role with the district.

Wow!! There's a great deal of latitude given for inappropriate behaviors and conduct of elected board members. There is no accountability unless, and until, one is sitting behind the table in a board meeting.

That should make all parents and residents within the Texas City ISD feel protected and valued...all warm and fuzzy.

Jim Claffy

I would venture to say there are far more inappropriate behaviors exhibited by elected officials these days, at all levels of government. At least he took down the post. Resignation seems extreme in this case. The voters in Texas City are free to elect someone else if they see fit.

Gary Scoggin

Accountability comes in the next election. I suppose there's a process wherein his fellow board members could kick him off but I can't imagine that happening.

Ivory Rubin

My name is Ivory Rubin. I'm not sure how to change my pseudonym

Charles Douglas

“In 2021, in today’s society and culture, it should be celebrated that a white man and his white family listen to African American or rap music,”

Mr. Matranga.

I'm a proud African-American, proud of my country, proud of my country's flag, double proud to be an American! The question I would like to ask in the interest of fairness is this: Should it also be an occasion for celebration because of our culture in 2021, if a BLACK man and his family listen to music by WHITE artists, or did that statement mean something else? I would not walk across the street to attend a Rap Concert, where women are routinely degraded, and racist words and lyrics are babbled out over a microphone, and I wouldn't care if those singing there were BLACK, WHITE, BROWN or POLKA DOT, but that's just me!

You can give me a little Freddie Fender, Sam Cooke, Aaron Nelville John Schneider, Carla Thomas, Joe Simon, or maybe Merle Haggard, and I will not only pay for me, but pay for anybody near me to go in! So, I want to say this, Mr. Rubin has a point by being upset that in this day & time In a school district primarily made up of minorities ...an elected official of that district would post something as derogatory, and insensitive as Mr. Matranga posted on social medial! It did not represent the district well, nor his constituents, nor the district kids he represents, and certainly not hisself in a good light!

I Do not think he should resign, instead I think this situation calls for a teachable moment, where the whole community can benefit from a situation not worthy of the light we desire to project to other communities around the state or the nation! We all make mistakes and this was a mistake in my opinion, but NOT worthy of a resignation!

I personally am glad Mr. Rubin chose to stand up and make his concerns known publicly! I think we will be a better community in the long run for his doing so! To much bad behavior by elected officials are beimg swepted under the rug nation wide now, and that needs to stop!

Shawn Kadlecek

Children are making the rules. With all the turmoil that is taking place in this world this is what’s concerning to folks?

Albert S. Gonzales

Sounds to me like someone has “an axe to grind”. Mr. Matranga is an intelligent man and knows better than to purposely post something of that nature that would cause some folks to start picking it apart and making unfounded allegations. Then some folks just like to cause trouble for others for whatever purpose. Speaking of purpose, perhaps someone has political aspirations. Most of the above rhetoric is just a bunch of hog wash and has not even touched on the very basic cause and use of the “N “word problem! Hint…those who write the noise, excuse me, the music using the “N” word to self promote and propagate hate and mistrust among the different races. They are the root of the problem, start there remedying this hate word. Eradicate the use of the word in rap music and really make a name for yourself.

Bill Sterchi

I applaud Mr. Charles Douglas comments and thoughts on this one, and I take them to heart. Thank you, Sir, for a very PRODUCTIVE and well thought out response to what most on here think is atrocious. I also agree with Carlos Ponce's remarks - mostly. Mr. Matranga used deplorable judgement as a School Board member, I will agree. Should he be fired or asked to resign? Absolutely not. Should he be ashamed? I believe he is for two reasons - he undoubtedly perceived his actions would not develop into a firestorm like it has, and he's been ravaged by people of color who feel a wrongdoing of the highest order. He complicated the matter by a failure to accept his culpability and making a simple apology, instead perpetuating a defense of his video by writing something blatantly ignorant and lacking any logic or forethought.

We are human. Humans are fraught with mistakes and, at times, egos that will not allow us to become civilized. Instead, we often take simple dilemmas and turn them into emotional mountains. I feel this is one of those times. It's what a man carries in his heart that defines him, not the pigment that makes up his skin color. If more folks thought that way, this world would be a better place - and we would become more human.

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