It’s hard to believe in the year 2017 there are still people who are feeble minded and hateful enough to judge someone based on their skin color alone. Unfortunately, that is the case for Anna’s father, who sent her a string of hateful text messages when he saw pictures of her at prom with her black friend Phillip.
What he said to his own daughter is unconscionable. But her response in #6 gives us some hope for her future!
10. Everyone Remembers Their Prom Night
Prom night is a very special time in a high school student’s life. It represents the culmination of four adolescent years spent learning and getting into trouble with friends. Despite all of the pressure of finding the perfect dress and picking a fancy dining spot, not much can ruin the magical moment.
9. A Stunning Couple
Anna and Phillip look fabulous in the pictures they posted from their prom. Her stunning red and white mermaid dress complimented Phillip’s strapping black shirt and pants with a bright scarlet sports coat. Who would have thought that one picture could ruin Anna’s relationship with her father in #8?
8. Always Been Racist But…
Anna and her dad have had a rocky relationship for quite some time. Her parents are divorced and Anna lived with him briefly after the split. But she basically grew up with her mother since her early teens. Her father has always been a vocally racist person but didn’t let it affect his relationship with his family, until now.
7. Anna’s Dad Crosses The Line
When Anna’s father saw the pictures of her and Phillip he started to send her a string of text messages that began with, “We are done.” He continued his hateful tirade, “I won’t be coming to your graduation. Nor will I pay for your college. Go live with the N*****.” It gets worse on #6.
6. Calling Out Her Father
Anna responded as any decent human being would. She did not understand how someone could harbor so much hate. “I went to prom with a black guy so that’s a problem. Racisct much.” The “wonder” emoji was certainly a nice touch. Anna’s racist dad was not the least bit amused.
5. Racism Breeds Ignorance
“Yes I am,” he responded. “your dead to me.” You can always tell an ignorant racist by the way they misuse the proper form of ‘you’re,’ but I digress. There was really nothing Anna could do but respond with “K.” Her father was not done with his racist rant as you’ll see in #4.
4. Will Anna Cave To Her Father?
Anyone reading the text messages could tell Anna’s father was still overheating with cartoon steam pouring from his ears. He went somewhere no self-respecting father should go. “Don’t ever contact me again,” he said. “we are through.” He proceeded to call his own daughter a whore and told her to “leave me out of it.”
3. What Kind Of A Father…?
Who knows what Anna was thinking at this point. She had always known her dad was a bigot. How could she have known her father would threaten to disown her for going on a date with a person of a different color? She said the only thing anyone could say. She speaks the truth in #2.
2. Only Subhumans Use This Language
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Anna responded. Her father was obviously trying to bait her into admitting some fault. Her father continued to send message after message. “Go to hell” and “If you want to mingle with Subhumans” were just a few of the choice phrases he used. Anna and Phillip seemed to shrug it off.
1. The Couple Stood Their Ground
Anna stood her ground for what she believed in. She said, “My mother was horrified and felt terrible but there isn’t anything she can do.” Phillip and Anna decided to share the screenshots of the exchange on social media. It has since gone viral. She hopes it can bring some awareness to the issue.
She doesn’t want to publically shame her dad. She wants people to be aware racism is alive and well in 2017. Harboring so much hate creates a lot of unnecessary baggage. As astrophysicists like to say, “we all come from the same stardust.” We are the same living and breathing beings as everyone else. No race, gender, age, or sexual identity is more superior than the other.
It takes a lot of guts to stand up to a parent, even when the parent is absolutely wrong. Living a life free from judgmental bigotry and hate is a much easier way to be.