Mar 11, 2010
joined My Stranger Face
Mar 11, 2010
commented on High School in Mississippi Cancels Prom to Prevent Lesbian Student from Bringing Female Date—and Potentially Incites Violence Against Lesbian Student
This email is in regards to Ms. Constance McMillen, and the lawsuit filed against your school by the ACLU.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank each of you for your hard work and diligence in ensuring that the issue of civil liberty is still alive and relevant.
A school should support all of their students. Not just the ones with whom they identify socially, religiously, or sexually. It is not my hope that you are all asked to resign. It is my hope that you will use this event as a way for you to realize that segregation isn't only a racial issue. You should be defending Ms. Constance McMillen in her fight against segregation and hatred. You should be using this event as a way to educate your students against the dangers of hate, discrimination, and prejudice. As an educational institution, it is your duty to provide all of your students with the tools they need to survive and flourish in the world outside of the classroom.
Would you cancel the prom because a Jewish girl and a Catholic boy wanted to attend together? Or a girl of Irish descent and a boy of African descent? Perhaps a girl of money and a boy whose family can only afford a one room apartment?
Your charge is to stand up for your students in the face of adversity! Not to bow to controversy and prejudice like cowards. If you fail one student, you have failed all of your students. You can still salvage this situation. You can still do the right thing.
It's time to be the mature, responsible, wise educators that were appointed to bolster our youth and teach them to be leaders and changers of the world. It's time to dig up the seeds of hate that you've sewn and cultivated, and burn them. Now is the time for action.
The world is watching.