White Students’ Promposal to Black Classmate Under Fire : “You may be picking cotton but we’re picking you…”
A racially charged promposal has parents outraged.
According to Yahoo.com
Promposal season is in full swing, and while we all love seeing the extravagant, dramatic, adorable ways kids are asking each other to prom these days, some proposals are simply in poor taste.
Today’s questionable gesture comes courtesy of some students who allegedly attend Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Fla., where a receptionist tells Yahoo Style that the principal is “aware of” the photo — made public through a tweet posted on Wednesday by Monarch High School alum Jon Aro, aka user @papichombo. It shows an Instagram screenshot (from a now-defunct account) of three teenage girls, one black and two white, holding up a cardboard sign reading, “You may be picking cotton, but we’re picking you to go to prom with us.”
“It is two thousand and f***ing seventeen,” Aro wrote captioning the image. And while it is unknown when the photo was taken and who the sign is addressing, people had unsurprisingly strong reactions, with the post being retweeted more than 8,000 times and “liked” more than 11,000, and earning a huge collection of angered comments.
On Friday, the day after this post was originally published, WPLG Local 10 News in Florida published an update on the situation. “Two South Florida high school students have been suspended after a distasteful sign they were holding in a prom proposal picture was placed on the Internet,” the story reads.
“The father of one of the students holding the sign says it was an unfortunate inside joke that was never meant to be seen on social media. Through their parents, all the girls have apologized.”
According to the Local 10 News report, the girls on the left and right in the photo were directing their promposal to the middle girl, who is the heir to her grandmother’s Alabama cotton farm, is homeschooled, and was not originally planning to attend the prom.
“They really want to apologize for their extremely poor choice of words in this situation,” said the father of another student. “They would like to take it back, they would like to find a different way to express this invitation to prom.”