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School Official Tweets Photo of Mixed Race Couples, ‘Every White Girl’s Father’s Worst Nightmare’

Students at a Virginia high school staged a walk-out on Monday after a school official tweeted a photo of mixed-race couples with the message, “every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare.”

WVEC reports that the tweet was originally posted in June by a Booker T. Washington High School official but was just noticed by students.

The post showed seven white girls in dresses with seven Africa-American men in tuxedos with a caption saying, “every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare.”

Raw Story reports that more than a dozen black students carried protest signs as the y walked out of class on Monday, claiming the school board has thus far refused to respond to their complaints.

Student Michael Lemelle told WVEC, “This was the only actual way we could get someone’s attention, was to walk outside. It shouldn’t have come to this but [the administrator has] avoided all meetings and public speakings and emails, just avoided them all.”

Students explained they don’t even want the official to be fired, merely to have the opportunity to explain how hurtful his message was.

“Me being a young African-American, I don’t think of myself as anyone’s worst nightmare,” Lemelle told WVEC.

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  • gnushell

    Girls and Men?

    • Gayle D

      The picture does in fact depict young girls and young boys, since they are still in high school. But unfortunately the term boy has a negative connotation in this context. The alternative would have been young women and young men, but that doesn’t work because of the father /daughter tie-in with the rest of the story. If these girls are considered women, then it is no longer the father’s concern. So we have girls and men. A small structural glitch to make a larger point, I think.

  • Thom Lee

    I’m glad the young man isn’t letting crap like this affect his self image. That was a low, racist, fundamentalist, conservative thing to do. I’m beginning to think people like that will NEVER have a heart or find their soul.