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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 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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In another incident that highlights the anti-Asian sentiment that is on the rise in recent months, a 70-year-old California woman was attacked in Eagle Rock, earlier this month. According to news reports, a young woman attacked her while she was exiting the bus to pick up groceries.

The elderly woman, who goes by Becky, is Mexican-American. But her attacker yelled an anti-Asian slur at her before physically assaulting her.

According to AAPI news site Asian Dawn, Becky’s attacker was a 23-year-old woman who was also riding the bus with her. The woman did nothing to provoke the attack. The young woman ended up dragging the older woman from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Becky ended up in the hospital with a broken nose, a concussion, two severely swollen eyes, and chunks of her hair torn from her head.

According to Becky’s son, who only goes by Pete, while the family are Mexican-American, people often mistake their family for being of Asian descent. According to Pete, no one intervened to stop the young woman from attacking his mother.

“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” the woman’s son told The Eastsider.

Finally, the young woman stopped her attack after a fellow passenger called 911. The police were able to apprehend the young woman after issuing a bulletin for her arrest.

According to Pete, his mother has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Already suffering from lupus and arthritis, her mother is having trouble walking. Her leg is badly bruised from the assault.

The fact that the victim was Mexican-American serves to illustrate how ignorant and hateful these racist attacks are. There is no rhyme or reason to hate.

Many are linking the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus originated in Wuhan, China. The violent racists that have been attacking people who appear to be of Asian descent believe that Asian-Americans are somehow personally responsible for the pandemic.

If you to support the #StopAsianHate cause, donate to organizations like gofundme.com/AAPI or the Asian American Legal defense fund here.

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

Police have taken another Black man’s life, this time it’s 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Protests have broken out in cities across the country as the nation reacts to the killing of yet another young Black man.

But as the nation reacts to the murder, Wright’s family – his mother and child – need all the support they can get right now and thankfully there are many ways that we can all be better allies while helping support the family that Wright leaves behind.

Daunte Wright is the third high-profile police murder in Minneapolis.

Daunte Wright was driving to his older brother’s house with his girlfriend on Sunday afternoon, when police pulled him over for expired tags. Police said they found an existing warrant for Wright’s arrest and attempted to handcuff him.

Bodycam footage revealed Officer Kim Potter shot Wright when she claimed to be reaching for her taser. He died on the scene, just 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd.

According to CNN, Daunte’s death is at least the third high-profile death of a Black man at the hands of police in Minnesota in the last five years. And Daunte Wright’s death comes less than a year after the police killing of George Floyd, which sparked protests around the world.

Daunte Wright leaves behind a family still struggling with such an immense loss.

Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, spoke out about the fear he experienced before his death. Daunte called her after the police pulled him over, at the suggestion of his older brother. “I know my son was scared. He’s afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice. But I don’t know why, and it should have never escalated the way it did,” Katie told Good Morning America on April 13.

According to Katie, Daunte believed he was getting pulled over for his hanging air fresheners, then she heard “scuffling” and an officer told him to hang up the phone. “I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive.”

If you’d like to help support Daunte’s family and demand justice, below are a few resources and action items:

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