My racist dress
Is there a nigger about to hold this up?
Teen sues over Confederate flag prom dress
Wednesday, December 22, 2004 Posted: 3:14 PM EST (2014 GMT)
LEXINGTON, Kentucky (AP) -- A teenager is suing her school district for barring her from the prom last spring because she was wearing a dress styled as a large Confederate battle flag.
The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court claims the Greenup County district and administrators violated Jacqueline Duty's First Amendment right to free speech and her right to celebrate her heritage at predominantly white Russell High School's prom May 1. She also is suing for defamation, false imprisonment and assault.
"Her only dance for her senior prom was on the sidewalk to a song playing on the radio," said her lawyer, Earl-Ray Neal.
Duty, 19, is seeking actual and punitive damages in excess of $50,000.
She said she worked on the design for the dress for four years, though she acknowledged that some might find the Confederate flag offensive.
"Everyone has their own opinion. But that's not mine," she told reporters outside the courthouse. "I'm proud of where I came from and my background."
Duty, now a college student, said school officials told her before the prom not to wear the dress, but she didn't have another one and decided to see if administrators would change their minds.
Our little redneck was told beforehand that her ode to slavery dress violated the school's dress code. Yet, she wore it anyway. Tough shit. Schools have the right to keep order and her racist dress belonged outside the school. She knew that she couldn't wear it, knew it was racially offensive and didn't care. They should have ripped the damn thing from her and burnt it on the ground like other trash.
Free speech isn't a license to cause a riot.
posted by Steve @ 1:34:00 PM