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?