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A photo from a junior prom has many in an uproar

A photo from a Wisconsin High School has divided their community, prompting students to share their experiences of racism and administrative neglect.

During the Baraboo High School junior prom, a photo was captured showing the male class of 2019 throwing up the Nazi salute. Leaving many questioning how this has been normalized in 2018, former students have anonymously provided incite. Baraboo High School administration has known about racial abuse among the student body and done nothing. A student laments:

“I also went to Baraboo High School, and have had some problems with the boys in the prom picture. The day after President Trump was elected, I heard one of them shouting “White Power!” in the hallway. I immediately went to a school official, but was told that nothing could be done because it was his First Amendment right and he wasn’t harming anyone. I was then told that I should look up videos of Black Lives Matter protestors being hostile towards police, and that I should get a tougher skin. I left the office still upset, but never pursued it further because of the initial response to my complaints.”

Not alone in her struggle, many students reached out to twitter user @jules_su, who started the thread.

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At the influence of the hired photographer, a female prom attendee recalls the boys were encouraged to show their White pride. The photographer separated the boys from the girls, harassing the girls and inciting the boys.

“He was extremely rude and gross towards us. [And] then when the boys took their picture he told them to do that and was laughing about it. It was disgusting. And they sat there for about 5 minutes taking pictures and laughing.”

While most of the reports of abuse stem from racial tension, LGBT students have spoken up as well. A graduate recalled their experience:

 

The Baraboo School District Administrator Lori Mueller refused to respond to calls or emails and instead opted for a statement. Released on Monday, she says school officials are investigating and the photo was not reflective of educational values. Parents have since addressed the school board with their concerns. In an interview with the Baraboo News Republic, Greg Sacra, the son of a WW II veteran was outraged.

“I grew up knowing that Nazism was wrong and I don’t see how they could get this far in their education and not know that. They don’t know that? They think it’s a joke? Maybe it takes an extra day devoted to history — an extra hour.”

Catching the attention of the Auschwitz Memorial Museum in Poland, it’s clear the world’s eyes are on Baraboo and the rest of America.

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Megan Thee Stallion Says That She Was Shot “I Suffered Gun Shot Wounds”

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Megan Thee Stallion has revealed that the injuries she sustained at Kylie Jenner’s pool party were much more serious than we originally had been led to believe. In a post on Instagram, Megan makes clear that she was not only shot, but shot intentionally.

More information is needed to understand exactly what happened that night. For instance, Megan says the attack was intentional. Originally, I thought that the only gun in this scenario was Torey Lanez, but Megan’s story either indicated that I was wrong about that or wrong about Torey Lanez, in general. Mind you, this wouldn’t be the first time we’d be duped by Torey. If you’ll recall, this is the same man who faked his support for dark skinned women by claiming that someone had replaced them with light skinned women and he, the knight he was, came in and switched them back. That isn’t to imply that he had any hand in Megan being shot, but it is peculiar that we’re suddenly hearing about a second shooter.

At the end of the day, we are forced to sit and wait until Megan and her lawyers feel ready to tell us more. I do know one thing for sure, though. If anything happens to Megan, I might have to intervene.

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ViacomCBS Cuts Ties With Nick Cannon for “anti-Semitic” Comments

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Nick Cannon has put his foot in his mouth, once again. This time a different crowd has noticed and the consequences are much heftier than his annually-scheduled dragging.

Unfortunately, Nick Cannon has a podcast. In a recent episode, the conversation took a turn down a very rough, ahistorical road. That’s right, everybody, Nick Cannon appears to be a Black Isrealite. If you don’t know, the Black Isrealites are a group of people who believe they are God’s chosen people, Jews, and that the White Jewish people of today are simply imposters who have taken on the identity for themselves. As you might have surmised, a general distaste for White Jewish people is a heavy thread here, as is the kind of paranoia that moves a man to bomb his own career.

The main comments that people are focused on are those made about the Rothschild family. This is a common talking point for those who believe the Jewish community is secretly controlling the world. Nick should know that if your belief system gets an “A+” rating from both Hitler and Farrakhan, maybe you should get a little more introspective. Alas, instead, he tweeted a non-apology and proceeded to retweet his supporters as they came to his defense.

Of course, there are a few aspects of this moment that complicate this story. The Black community has long been subject to White supremacist capitalism. White Jewish people have been able to build communities of sustained wealth in America, partially due to their Whiteness. Given the current moment, people have seen fit to call out how that subscription to Whiteness has negatively impacted the Black community. On top of that is the uncharacteristic swiftness with which the cord was yanked on Nick Cannon’s career. Viacom claims to have reached out to Nick, but were dissatisfied with his response. That is fine. But I’d be lying if said I didn’t wonder what this would look if the rolls were reversed and Nick Cannon was a White man. While there’s really no defending him— and I’d never want to— the response to his actions isn’t quite sitting well with me. Their statement on the matter is thus, according to Variety:

ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism. We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him. We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds

ViacomCBS, Variety

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The Inspiration Behind Viola Davis’ New Vanity Fair Cover Inspires Backlash

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Viola Davis is stunning on the new cover of Vanity Fair. So much was done correctly. The lighting is precise and clean. The shadowing sculpts her beautifully. The whole thing was shot by Black photographer Dario Calmese.

The problem is two-fold, in my opinion. This cover is the first cover Vanity Fair has ever allowed to be shot by a Black person. That’s not okay. It’s too late in the game for these firsts to still be happening. Viola Davis touches on this in her interview. Vanity Fair needs to answer for that. Usually, a celebrity like Viola could count on us backing her up, but we, the Black Delegation, were unable to focus on that because… Black people aren’t allowed to have nice things.

In an interview about the cover, it’s revealed that the cover concept was a recreation of a graphic portrait of a lashed slave, entitled “Whipped Peter”. We’ll not be posting the image here. Violence against Black people is common enough. Sufficed to say, this whole thing is unfortunate.

Calmese describes his cover concept as “a re-creation of the Louis Agassiz slave portraits taken in the 1800s—the back, the welts.

Radhika Jones, Vanity Fair

There is no shame in our lineage. Our ancestors were strong, intelligent, capable people who endured more than most of us can dream. But that’s just it. They fought so we could be free. And while I can understand the maintenance of this narrative as a reminder of how far we’ve come, we as Black people need to see more images of ourselves than that of the enslaved and the downtrodden. We also need to stop pimping out the images of our ancestors for capital gain. I can see what these two were thinking, but I can’t help but feel like there was a chance to see Viola as the confident, liberated woman that she is, rather than the shadow of a gruesome history our people should never have endured. The only solace that can be taken from this is that the other photos in the shoot were much more vibrant and less centered around brutality.

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