Would You Say Yes To This Racist AF Promposal?
24 April 2018, 15:00
This teenager asked his girlfriend to prom with a tragically unfunny sign about slavery and, yes, this is The Bad Place.
Prom is a rite of passage and we're hoping you tried your hardest not to kick off the magical season with racist shenanigans. A Florida teenager has apologised after a poster he made asking his girlfriend to prom went viral--and not in the good way.
A Riverview high school student asked his girlfriend to prom with a sign that said "If I was black, I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 prom."
She responded by sharing the promposal on Snapchat and adding two heart eye emojis.
this is Noah Crowley a Riverview High School student. he seems to not know about America’s history. RACISM IS A PROBLEM. definitely should not be allowed to go to prom!! pic.twitter.com/yQhMDrqnhU— tia yahnke (@TBraelynn) April 23, 2018
"If I was Black I'd be picking cotton but I'm white so I'm picking u 4 Prom."— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) April 23, 2018
Yes, this open racism is in 2018 America.
Happy Confederate Memorial Day 😑🙄#WhereWasHeRadicalized? https://t.co/S9chhnsNX5 pic.twitter.com/c4sRTHWbwN
Slaves brought to the United States from Africa often picked cotton, tobacco, sugar, and rice in plantations. So, that's the joke here. That enslaved people used to pick cotton.
The joke did not go over well with the internet.
There’s a couple things to notice here. 1) They saw nothing wrong with the act of making the sign. 2) They saw nothing wrong with posting it on social media. This is a reminder that yes, there are still racists out there and no, it’s not a joke. Embarrassing and Disgusting 😒— mikeholsborg (@Mikeholsborg) April 24, 2018
People are really dumb enough to think “this is gonna be funny, all jokes so I’m good!” Two people failed in this pic. Him & the person who posted it, accountability is an important lesson in self develop.— Emanuel (@wiillums) April 24, 2018
Nothing low key about it. He’s old enough to know better. Parents have failed here.— DeniseCozzie (@deniselaraine07) April 23, 2018
According to The Herald Tribune, the young man's school district is investigating the incident. Riverview's acting principal said, "many who saw the post are understandably upset with its contents as well as the subsequent commentary to the post. Riverview High School absolutely does not condone or support the message conveyed in this post.”
The 18-year-old senior also apologised for the incident, saying, "after reading the texts and Snapchat's I truly see how I have offended people and I'm sorry."
Hopefully this is the first and last racist promposal of the season because we're! all! tired! of! this!