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Only in America

Only in America: The 'But I'm racist!' defense

A Texas teacher uses her racism as an alibi — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A Texas teacher invoked her own racism to dispute allegations that she fondled a black student. Teacher Irene Esther Stokes, who is white, denied the first-grader's accusation that she touched her private parts by claiming that she doesn't even like "touching black students on the hand." Stokes was fired.