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This Teen Highlighted The N-Word In His Promposal And Is Defending It As Slang, Not A Racial Slur

Prom season is here and videos of cute “promposals” should be making the rounds on social media. Instead, we’ve been seeing a truly disturbing trend: the racist promposal.

Sadly, though not surprisingly, these promposals have been popping up all over the country. The most recent case is brought to you by students at Palos Verdes High School, in a community just south of Los Angeles.

A photo circulating on social media shows two white teens standing together and laughing while holding a sign that says “Bianca you are racist but I would give anything for you to go with me to prom.”

The N-word appears to be highlighted in bold letters throughout the sign.

The racist message is, rightfully so, prompting outrage in the community and online.

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A mother of a Palos Verdes student posted the photo on Twitter and asked people to call the school and “condemn this horrific sensibility racism and ignorance.” It is safe to say that people who saw the image and the mother’s call to action followed through.

Many are urging the school to take swift action and not allow the students to participate in the upcoming prom.

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Palos Verdes High School will host its prom on Saturday with the theme “Wish Upon a Star.” Hopefully, they’ll all be wishing for this racist BS to go away.

For its part, the school immediately issued a response.

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In it, the school says, “We were made aware today by some of our students of an invitation that incorporated a slang term for African-Americans.” It goes on to say “We have been in touch with the identified students and their families to inform them that we are forming a response and we anticipate severe consequences.”

But people are not having it.

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Instead of calling the N-word what it is, a malicious racial slur, the school’s principal described it as a slang word used for the African-American community.

TThe school has released an additional statement.

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In a second written response, school principal Allan Tyner said, “Today I will be meeting with all students, class by class. We will review appropriate behavior and how the use of hurtful racial slurs like the one used on this recent picture posted on social media is unacceptable. I know that this one unfortunate event does not represent us as a community.”

“Racist words and racist acts have no place in our school community,” Tyner continued. “We will rise above this, learn from this, and be a better school community because of it.”

According to numerous sources on Twitter, one of the students identified in the photo has sent several other students DMs with an apology.

In the alleged DMs, the student says “I owe an apology for the very offensive post and poster that has been going around. Let me start off by saying that I was not raised to be racist, and I’m not racist against any ethnicity. Being racist (even as a joke) is not who I am and it’s wrong, I am sincerely sorry.”

I don’t know about you but it sucks that these racist promposals are stealing the headlines from amazingly sweet ones like this.

Sweet and simple. OMG. My heart is melting all over the place for this sweet and loving couple.

Or this one where the guy got her an entire mariachi.

Now this is how you nail a promposal! I wish someone would have taken that much effort when asking me to prom.

Then there’s this guy who took his girl to a light festival to pop the question.

I mean, isn’t this just sooooo romantic?! Not to mention it is a way to ask someone to prom without being racist.

Or these two who made the entire school cry!

I’m not crying, you’re crying! But, I am also crying. Why are people so damn romantic? Why can’t more people be romantic instead of racist? We can do better, everyone.

READ: These Prom Proposals Are Getting More And More Extreme Every Year

Four Guatemalan Children Have Died On Their Way To The U.S. Since December. What's Happening?

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Four Guatemalan Children Have Died On Their Way To The U.S. Since December. What’s Happening?

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An unidentified 2-year-old Guatemalan toddler has died one month after being detained by U.S. officials. According to a spokesperson from the Guatemalan consulate in Del Rio, Texas, the child died from complication from pneumonia.

Juan de León Gutiérrez, 16, made the dangerous trip to the U.S. hoping to be able to earn some money and provide a better life for his family back in Guatemala. They had been surviving on just one meal a day and with severe drought conditions, there was little hope of things getting better.

In December, two Guatemalan children died in U.S. custody making them the first children to die in custody in a decade. Seven-year-old Jakelin Caal died in a children’s hospital in El Paso, Texas. Eight-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo dies on Christmas Eve in a New Mexico hospital after being ill with vomiting, cough, and a fever.

Families are heartbroken and grieving for the loss of their children who simply wanted to help make their lives better.

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Juan had left his drought-stricken village in Guatemala and began a journey to the U.S. He had hopes of earning money to send back to his family so they could buy corn and salt. According to his mother, Juan was a good boy who loved his family.

The family, who survives on farming, has been struggling for years as drought takes hold of the region.

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Juan spent most days working the farm with this father, where the family grew maize, beans, and coffee plants on their modest plot of land.

Each year when school started, Juan would beg his mother to scrounge up the $130 needed to continue studying, a privilege his own parents never had. But this year, Juan said he wanted to migrate to the U.S. to help earn money that would help the family. His mother tried to convince him to stay but eventually gave in, aware she couldn’t offer him a better life in Guatemala.

Fifteen days later, the teenager was apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol near El Paso after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a statement from Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry. He was transferred to a local hospital after a doctor at a government-run detention center noticed he was sick.

On April 30, after an operation at a Texas-area children’s hospital, de León Gutiérrez died. In an interview with CNN, his father said, “He went seeking life, but found death.”

The outpouring of grief on social media tells a story of how much the immigration laws of the U.S. need to change.

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Many expressed sadness and anger over Juan’s death.

The detention center where the boy was being held has an alleged history of abuse.

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Experts agree that temporary detention facilities at the border – often called “hieleras” because of their cold temperatures – are not equipped to safely care for children. Aside from having to deal with cold temperatures, migrants often face verbal abuse from guards and are forced to sleep on cold baren floors. Migrants are also threatened with violence from other detainees.

Several Twitter users have pointed out that the U.S. is supposed to be a welcoming place for immigrants.

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The Trump administration is doing everything in its power to not only deter immigrants and asylum seekers from coming to the U.S., but they’re also making their lives a living hell once they arrive.

While some have called out the cruel policies of the Trump administration and pointed out the inaction of Congress.

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Short of a miracle, the Trump administration isn’t going to adjust its approach. In fact, the administration has recently announced new measures designed to be even crueler towards immigrants.

Congress must stand up to cruelty and find ways forward to ensure deaths like these no longer happen.

Juan was the fourth Guatemalan child to die in U.S. custody since December.

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The uptick in death of minors has triggered outrage and grief in the U.S. The Trump administration started separating families at the border and it seems the policies at the border have gotten more extreme and the care of children is dipping.

Their deaths have sparked outrage among many who question how the same people who say every life is valuable and are passing illegal and restrictive abortion bans can allow the deaths of these innocent children.

Meanwhile, in the face of pointed questions, Homeland Security officials have been unable to adequately account for how many people have been harmed in detention due to this administration’s policies.

READ: Separated Immigrant Children Young As 3 Years Old Ordered To Appear In Court Alone

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