Texanna Edwards, a senior at Gibson County High School in Dyer, Tennessee, took “inappropriate prom dress” to the next level when she showed up at her prom wearing a prom dress with a Confederate flag design along with a rebel flag necklace.
I don’t really agree with censoring people’s clothing, as it’s an extension of their freedom of speech. (Thank God we live in a country where they have choices). But should teen girls be dressing provocatively, especially on a night when teen hormones are known for being heightened?
And now, it appears, we have to worry not only about our girls being dressed too provocatively but whether or not their prom dress is making some kind of political statement -- one that they might be not old enough to understand.
I’m not sure if Texanna Edwards was trying to make the statement that she supports the Confederacy or if she is trying to say that kids today have evolved so far passed racism and segregation that it doesn't mean anything. Either way, I think this reminds us that we need to talk to our children.
We need to talk to our girls about their dress choices. We need to be involved in the selection process. Parents are paying for the dresses; they should have some idea what their children are wearing to prom. I think there should be a talk about prom in general, our teens need to know that you can go and have a great time and dress up and have a magical night without revealing too much or offending some of your fellow students.
There is something worse than wearing a provocative dress like starting a racially charged episode at prom or worse wearing a dress that could possibly get a girl beat up. Bottom line, we need an open dialogue with our children so that they can come to us about anything and we can talk to them about any of our concerns without a complete shut down.
What do you think of Texanna Edwards’ choice to wear a Confederate flag inspired prom dress?
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