Closed-Minded, Racist, Rigid, Old-Fashioned

This post title is taken from a report issued by the College National Republican Committee. It describes younger voters’ attitudes about the GOP.It also describes this story out of Atmore, Alabama:

An Escambia Academy High School student said she was denied a diploma
and fined $1,000 for wearing an eagle feather at her graduation.

For 17-year-old Chelsey Ramer, graduating on May 23 was supposed to be a joyous occasion.

“I was excited,” said Ramer.

It has been more than a week, and she still does not have her diploma. She said it is all because of her feather.

“They told me that if I wore it that they would pull me off the field,” said Ramer.

The
eagle feather is part of her Native American Heritage. Ramer is of the
Poarch Creek Band of Indians. She wanted to wear the feather as a
show of pride for her heritage.

“Being honored with a feather
for graduation is a wonderful experience. It’s a lot more than showing
off your culture. It has ties into our spirituality as well,” Ramer’s
former teacher Alex Alvarez.

According to a school contract, Ramer must pay a $1,000 fine to get her diploma and transcripts.

“I don’t think it’s fair at all. I feel like its discrimination,” Ramer stated.

The
contract states, “Students and staff shall not wear extraneous items
during graduation exercises unless approved by the administration.”

Ramer stated she asked the Headmaster at the time for permission to wear the eagle feather.

“She told us we could not wear our feathers,” said Ramer.

Shortly after inquiring, Ramer said she was told she must sign the dress code contract to walk on graduation.

Ramer stated, “I never signed it,”

Instead, she still walked across the stage proudly with her feathers and family’s support.

“It was worth it. It means a lot to me,” said Ramer.

I wonder if it would have been okay if she wanted to wear sheets? Imagine fining a high school girl $10000 for making a culturally based fashion statement. Disgusting.

4 thoughts on “Closed-Minded, Racist, Rigid, Old-Fashioned

  1. article says:

    Enjoyed every bit of your blog post. Great.

  2. Beauzeaux says:

    I guess I’m not empathetic enough. The kids involved asked for permission. If you read the story, you see that they were told in no uncertain terms that NO ADDITIONS were allowed to the basic grad look. I even understand why the admin didn’t want the kids designing their own graduation robes. She knew she was violating the rules and she says it was “worth it.”
    I just can’t get indignant — though I think $1000 is way excessive.

  3. Snarki, child of Loki says:

    If ever there was a school admin that deserved scalping…

  4. Dbp says:

    I bet no lower case T necklaces were banned.

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