Texanna Edwards, 18, of Gibson County, Tennessee, was sent home from her senior prom because he dress was declared “offensive and inappropriate,” by school officials. Edwards wore a custom-made knee-length red dress with criss-crossing blue stripes containing white stars inside — yep, the Confederate Flag.

The school had experienced some racial incidents recently, so perhaps that’s part of why a teacher/prom sponsor warned Edwards months ago that the dress might not be acceptable. She asked her to clear the outfit with the principal before wearing it, but instead of doing so, Edwards and her family spent over $500 on the dress and associated stuff for the big night (I suppose, including those flip-flops?). When she arrived, school officials told her that the dress was inappropriate and that if she wanted to go change and come back in she could. Edwards declined, and left the event altogether.

The young lady defends herself by explaining that not only did people tell her beforehand how great the dress sounded, but people at the actual event were feeling it too.

“We asked why they thought that, but they kept saying the same thing over and over…We kept asking people walking inside — black and white — and everyone said they loved it. Two black women even went off on the principal. They were upset with the principal. No one was upset with me.”

There were black ladies “going off” on the principal in defense of your Confederate Flag dress? Well, that is unexpected to say the least.

This is a teenager who is named Texanna but lives in Tennessee, decided to wear flip-flops to the prom, and had her heart set on a dress with a flag-based theme. Hers is a sad story and I can’t direct my irritation over the popularity of the flag itself towards her misguided adolescence. For the life of me I cannot figure out how the Confederate Flag, aside from the American Flag itself, is the most enduring and beloved symbol representing any group — be it ethnic, regional cultural, any Greek organization or even 4-H Club.But whether its supposed to represent Southern pride or be a racist symbol or what, that flag had engendered as much disgust as it has warm and fuzzy feelings for 150 years with no end in sight…what gives?

Do you think what happened to this girl is fair? How should displays of the Confederate Flag be handled?

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  • Alexandra

    Oh man, I know this is child but what was she thinking? Her dress is so ugly and the flip-flops don’t mix. The other young lady in the photo actually looks like she’s going to a prom. I feel bad for her date lol!

  • H

    I can’t believe that she spent $500 on that hot mess of a dress. That is just going out of the way. I’m from the South, and I never tell white Southerners how I feel about the flag, but to me it is one of the most traitorous symbols in America. Those shirts saying the South will rise again are definitely not patriotic.

    If people don’t want to think the flag is racist, that’s fine, but it is most definitely treasonous.

  • Q

    The Confederate flag doesn’t bother me, but I can understand the pain it causes with a lot of people. It’s a symbol that has been justified for so long now despite the history behind it.

    If she would have worn a Nazi swastika, then she would have probably been expelled from school.

    Why does this flag get a pass so much? She was sent home, but how many people wear it on their belt buckles or have it flying on their trucks?

    Jewish people can get a symbol of oppression banned, but black people can’t? Something’s not right there.