Thursday, June 5, 2008
Three HS seniors barred from grad ceremonies for idiocy
From the St. Paul Pioneer Press, three seniors at Bloomington Kenndey High School will not be allowed to walk at graduation ceremonies for waving Confederate flags in the school parking lot on Tuesday.
The kids say they weren't being racist, just showing their love of "southern culture," which apparently includes "engines, pickup trucks and The Dukes of Hazzard." A mother of one of the boys even said that they didn't realize the flag has racist connotations.
There's nothing at all "southern" about Bloomington, Minnesota. It's bitterly cold in the winter, has many bland restaurants and is populated with slow football players. So I can see wanting to emulate the South. But you REALLY couldn't have found a different, less racist way to do it? Really? Especially when, according to the principal, one of these kids was suspended within the last year for doing the same thing? Come on, now.
Okay, so these kids say they aren't racist. Though flying a Confederate flag makes it a bit hard to believe that, I'll take their word for it. But even if they aren't bigots, they're still morons for not thinking they would get in trouble for it, and if they really don't understand that the Confederate flag has very racist overtones, then they probably shouldn't receive a high school diploma in the first place because they obviously slept through history class.
Besides, people not from the south who talk about "southern pride" are complete tools anyway. So there's that.