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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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A Long Beach Street Vendor Was Attacked And The Community Is Showing Up To Help Him

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A Long Beach Street Vendor Was Attacked And The Community Is Showing Up To Help Him

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In 2020, we saw several street vendors attacked while trying to make ends meet. As the pandemic drags on and people are desperate, the attacks on street vendors have not abated and a Long Beach street vendor is the latest victim.

A street vendor in Long Beach was brutally attacked while working.

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Gerardo Iván Olmeda Del Pilar, 22, was working as a street vendor in Long Beach when he was attacked by two people. The vendor, according to LA Taco, was later than usual in setting up after dropping of fellow street vendors on his way.

Del Pilar was at the intersection of Burnett Street and Long Beach Boulevard on Saturday Jan. 16 when it happened. The street vendor was approached by two men who seemed to be regular customers when they attacked.

“Everything was calm, then I want to say four hours passed when two men came towards me and like any other customer they asked me for an order of fruit,” Del Pilar told LA Taco

Del Pilar is not letting this stop him from what he has to do to survive.

Del Pilar has been a street vendor for a while. The man, who is from Veracruz, Mexico, was suckerpunched and attacked. According to LA Taco, Del Pilar was giving the men their order when one punched him in the chin to knock him down. They then both started to attack him until they got his wallet and ran away. The men stole $500 from him.

Del Pilar told the Long Beach Post that there was not much he could do while being attacked. He was left with a swollen face and horrific bumps on his face from the vicious attack.

Two friends have set up GoFundMe accounts to help Del Pilar out.

Both Alex Diaz and Marissa Gomez have set up GoFundMe pages to help the young man. Combined, the two GoFundMe pages have raised more than $10,000 and are still accepting donations to help Del Pilar.

“While he was cutting up their fruit, one man reached into his backpack and took out an object and used it to punch him in the face. They broke his nose and lumped up his face and then dragged and kicked him while he was on the floor,” reads Gomez’s GoFundMe. “This man was an innocent victim just trying to provide for his family. All donations will go to replace this man’s lost income. There is no such thing as a donation too small anything is appreciated.”

READ: Family Sets Up GoFundMe To Help Paletero In Chicago Retire

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck is opening up about the early 2000s when he and Jennifer Lopez were Hollywood’s It Couple. The duo–formerly known by the moniker “Bennifer”–captivated the world with their glamourous and somewhat surprising courtship.

But the relationship eventually unraveled under the intense pressure of public scrutiny.

In a recent podcast appearance, Affleck revealed just how terrible and racially-charged the criticism on their relationship was.

“People were so f–king mean about her,” he said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

“At first At first it was like Dick and Liz [Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor], it was this sort of infatuation: ‘What an interesting couple‘. And then there was a ton of resentment. A ton of resentment against me, a ton of resentment against Jennifer.”

He went on to explain that what was so fascinating about the relationship to the general public–namely, how they had such vastly different backgrounds–wasn’t something he thought twice about.

Affleck went on to sing JLo’s praises, saying that she deserves all of the praise and adulation she now receives.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished–as well she f**king should be!” he said.

“She was very much like the kind of girl I went to high school with,” he explained. “It was a very socioeconomically mixed, ethnically mixed place–those kinds of differences that just seem to shock America were meaningless to me.”

“I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today…just on a pure odds level.”

He concluded: “I never met anyone who worked harder than Jennifer Lopez.” On that, we can definitely agree.

Jennifer Lopez has also been candid about how traumatic the public response was back then to her relationship with Ben Affleck.

“I was eviscerated,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the media coverage of her and Ben’s relationship we well as their much-maligned film, “Gigli”. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.”

But now, it appears they’re both in happier places. Ben Affleck has two children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner and JLo is happily engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

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