She wasn’t showing too much leg. Her cleavage wasn’t spilling out all over the place. There were no inappropriate cut-outs. But Texanna Edwards was still kicked out of her high school’s senior prom in western Tennessee for her dress.
It was a knee-length red dress with two blue and white ribbons crisscrossing at her hip, according to the New York Daily News. In other words, it had a Confederate flag theme on it.
Gibson County High School officials deemed it “offensive and inappropriate” and didn’t let her in. This, after she spent $500 on her dress, hair and makeup.
In 2012, should people of any age know better than to wear something as offensive as a Confederate flag? Or is it a freedom of speech issue?
Texanna claims she asked her classmates – black and white – what they thought of the dress. She said it was universally beloved, according to the Jackson Sun.
She also argued kids wore Confederate-flag themed attire to school “all the time” without a problem. (Although that’s not the case in all schools.)
“I didn’t ask for approval because I didn’t think I needed to. I had one teacher tell me it was a bad idea . . . But I asked a bunch of people before I had the dress made, and they all loved the idea,” Texanna told the Sun.
Call it a rebel flag. Call it the Southern Cross. But it’s universally known as a symbol that once represented the Confederacy, which fought on behalf of the South in the Civil War in large part to keep slavery in tact. It’s an emblem of hate against African-Americans. It’s insensitive. And much like a swastika (or a t-shirt with a Star of David like Jews were made to wear by the Nazis in Europe during World War II), it has no place in civilized society. Or a prom.
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