Prom. A time to celebrate the celebratory end of the secondary education phase in a young adults life. What memories come to the forefront of your mind when you think of Prom? Anything political? Anything even remotely negative except for the possible adolescent drama? Not for me.
The minority students of Cherry Hill High School in New Jersey found a way to grab some attention because of a 5-word slogan that was printed on the ticket. “We Will Party Like it’s 1776.”
It wasn’t on the banners, nor on the balloons or even the napkins. It was simply on the tickets. A simple play on the 1983 hit song by Prince took this prom from fun to racism.
The 4% of the minority students decided on the last day of ticket sales, that the slogan was offensive. According to the Vice President of the student council, the design was approved by a diverse group of students who had no problem with the slogan.
The Principal of Cherry Hill High School, Dennis Perry, tweeted out a letter of apology to the students stating it was insensitive to not think about the feelings of the black students.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a white, educated, male who grew up middle class, so I may not completely understand, and I admit that, but please people. Get a grip. This was not about racism or even about that time period. It was a simple play on a title of a song that, by the way, is considered to be one of the top 500 songs of all time.
Slavery ended in 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation, and while I understand that there is still some racism here in America, are we so stupid as a people that we cannot notice a simple, positive, celebratory play on words with the intent to offend?
There was no intent to do any harm here. No harmful actions by anyone. So, why find the smallest detail and turn it into a huge black mark on the student council for suggesting such an evil and racist agenda? (Yes I am being sarcastic.)
According to neighborhoodscout.com, the median household income of the area serviced by the school is almost $100,000. Almost twice the median income of the entire nation. I am willing to bet there are no students attending the school, minorities included, that even realize what it is like to suffer, like those in 1776. So what is there to be offended about?
Better yet, if it was so offensive, why wait until the very last day of ticket sales to bring it up? I can only imagine someone had to Google “1776” to realize, “Oh yeah, there was still slavery in 1776.” Ding, ding, ding. Time to again, turn a positive into a negative.
It’s sad that our environment is so sensitive, so wussified that this even got any press at all. There are a hell of a lot more issues we should be dealing with than something that ended a century-and-a-half ago.
We have to stop being such cry babies about every little thing that is said or written that might offend or hurt someone. Hear the truth, make changes to the environment that will actually make a difference and stop being so infantile about other peoples opinions. They are just words. Sticks and stones people. Sticks and stones.
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