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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

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Prince Harry Says Being Married to Meghan Markle Taught Him About Unconscious Bias: ‘I Had No Idea it Existed’

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Prince Harry Says Being Married to Meghan Markle Taught Him About Unconscious Bias: ‘I Had No Idea it Existed’

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Prince Harry continues to shed his upper crust image by tackling important social issues head-on. On Monday, the Duke of Sussex sat down with UK Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson for a conversation with GQ. In the conversation, Prince Harry admitted that he “had no idea” unconscious bias existed before he experienced it firsthand through the treatment of his wife, Meghan Markle.

The GQ conversation focused on hot-button topics like structural racism, unconscious bias, and the responsibility of white people to educate themselves on the aforementioned topics.

Prince Harry started the conversation of by commending Hutchinson for his activist worth and adding that there’s still “lots of work to do” when it comes to dismantling racism worldwide. The conversation turned personal when the two began to discuss unconscious bias, with Hutchinson broaching the subject.

“There are a lot of people who either don’t think that [racism] exists or they don’t want change and they’re fighting against it. And I don’t know what these people are afraid of,” said Hutchinson.

Prince Harry became personal, revealing that his background as the literal Prince of England had made him ignorant to the widespread nature of racism before.

“Unconscious bias… having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was. I had no idea it existed.” He then admitted: “Sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realize it [existed], especially then living a day or a week in my wife [Meghan]’s shoes.”

Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle started dating in 2016, Markle has been on the receiving end of vicious media attacks–many of them fueled by racism.

At the time, Prince Harry condemned the British press for their treatment of Markle. He released a statement decrying the “racial undertones of comment pieces” and the “outright sexism and racism of social media trolls” that Markle has to deal with. Recently, Meghan spoke about the hate her and Harry receive for being in an interracial marriage.

Prince Harry described unconscious bias to Hutchinson as largely beyond people’s control, but worth addressing once you’re aware of it. “No one’s blaming anybody,” Prince Harry said.

“You can’t really point fingers, especially when it comes to unconscious bias. But once you realize or you feel a little bit uncomfortable, then the onus is on you to go out and educate yourself, because ignorance is no longer an excuse.”

Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been on the receiving end of criticism for their vocal support of the Black Lives Matter movement and their video campaigns urging people to vote in the upcoming election.

About dismantling structural racism, Prince Harry said, “It’s going to take every single one of us to really change things and anyone that’s pushing against it really needs to take a long, hard look at themselves in the mirror.”

He continued: “This isn’t black versus white…This is a global movement. The train has left the station. If you’re not on it now, then get on it because there’s so much that we can do.”

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Amy Coney Barrett Has Refused To Acknowledge That Systematic Racism Exists

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Amy Coney Barrett Has Refused To Acknowledge That Systematic Racism Exists

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We know LGBTQ rights, birth control, and race are under threat as Amy Coney Barrett as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. We know that that conservative judge has been evasive in answering comments about her beliefs which, if appointed, would steer her in making fundamental decisions that could affect American citizens’ lives for decades. Still, though we knew things are bound to go sideways as most things under the Trump administration have, we didn’t realize that an educated woman living in today’s world would refuse to acknowledge a basic societal fact: that “systemic racism” exists in the United States.

In written responses submitted Tuesday night, Barrett repeated her refusal to say whether “systemic racism” exists in our country.

After Sen. Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii asked her to explain her view of the existence of “systemic racism” in the United States, Barret refused the opportunity to acknowledge its existence.

“At the hearing, you acknowledged that racism persists in our country, but you refused to answer where there is systemic racism, calling it a ‘policy question.’ You also refused to answer other questions based on your view that they are ‘policy questions,’” Hirono wrote in his questions. “What makes a statement a policy question rather than a question of fact?”

“I believe that racism persists in our country, but as I explained at the hearing, whether there is ‘systemic racism’ is a public policy question of substantial controversy, as evidenced by the disagreement among senators on this very question during the hearing,” Barrett replied. “As a sitting judge and judicial nominee, it would be inappropriate for me to offer an opinion on the matter.”

Barrett’s approach to the question is not totally uncommon. Previous Supreme Court nominees have avoided answering questions concerning precedent. Barrett clung to the approach during her confirmation hearing last week while sitting before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barrett used this as a standard and repeatedly cited it as a reason for dodging questions.

Systemic racism exists within our country without question.

It persists in our academic settings, workplaces, as well as in our court and judicial system. The fact is that when a certain group dominates a majority of positions of decision-making power, others struggle to exist and get by let alone get ahead. For generations and right now, white people have been the dominating group with decision-making power and people of color have suffered as a result. Acknowledgment is a vital part of making this change. Particularly from our leaders.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Barrett’s confirmation on Thursday afternoon.

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