Skip to comments.Confederate Flag (Prom Dress) UPDATE
Posted on 12/20/2004 3:09:38 PM PST by DixieOklahoma
SCV supports Jaqueline Duty Confederate Prom Dress Lawsuit to be filed in Federal court in Lexington, KY
Press Release - December 17, 2004 - For Immediate Release
This past May Jacqueline Duty, an attractive honor student in Russell, Kentucky, prepared to attend prom night wearing a special dress she had designed herself. It was a classically cut strapless sheath, ankle-length with a shallow slit on one side, and sewn completely out of beaded sequins. And it tastefully incorporated a symbol of her Southern heritage; a Confederate Battle Flag turned upwards so that the starry blue arms of the St. Andrews Cross appeared to lay across the dress as a sash would.
What was supposed to be a most special night turned to horror, though, as her civil rights were grossly violated by the school principal, who prevented Jacqueline from even getting out of her car, yelled at her, threatened her and had police force her away simply for expressing pride in her Southern heritage.
Justice and equality for all includes Southerners, said Don Shelton, spokesman for the Kentucky Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans. The support we provided for Castorina v. Madison County School Board helped make that point abundantly clear with the ruling made by the federal 6th circuit court. The support were providing for Jacqueline Duty should convince school systems that civil rights for Southern students is still a serious issue.
The Kentucky Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans is offended by school administrators who think that Southern students dont have the same constitutional rights as others. The SCV is aware of a number of school situations in Kentucky where the civil rights of Southern students are being violated by fiat or policy. Our message to school administrators is to obey the law and respect the rights of all students or face the inevitable legal consequences. Our message to the students and parents is that help is available. For more information go to www.kyscv.org.
The suit will be filed 1 p.m. Monday, December 20th at the federal courthouse in Lexington, KY. There will be a press conference at that time on the courthouse steps.
For further information contact:
Don Shelton Kentucky Division, SCV Heritage Defense Chairman
This brings the total plaintiffs in the case to 3 I believe. The Southern Legal Resource Center (SLRC), The Kentucky division Sons of Confederate Veterans, and of course the lovely lady wearing the dress in question
Some of the outfits were hilarious. I deleted it soon after I received it, but if any one still has it, they should post some of those as an example of very poor fashion tastes.
There is a bit of a fad to make prom outfits completely out of duct tape. I know someone who had the whole getup, shoes, wallet, hat, everything hand made from duct tape. Sort of odd.
Cool. I have a Battle Flag jacket that I haven't worn in a couple years. Probably won't wear it again until I can strap on a pistol, too.
Is that her date? Looks like he flunked a few grades.
I'm really not sure why a battle flag would make a good design for a prom dress. Couldn't you wear the Bonnie Blue Flag or something instead?
If she needs more legal help, the Rutherford Institute will go to court for her to defend her rights.
I remember reading somewhere that it is against protocol to wear the US flag as a garment - wonder if this applies to other flags as well? I too am curious if that gentelman is her date or her father perhaps?
The Company that makes Duct Tape sponsors a contest. The students with the best "Tape Outfit" receive scholarships for college.
You dont have to be sure, The Lady wearing it was , and its her right. I hope she wins.
bump for later read
We'll get to see if the principal and the school district are related to Timex, 'cause they are going to take a lick'n.
Not only that, but he is only a corporal. If he is going to pretend to be an enlisted man, he might as well be a pretend Sergent.
Kind of reminds me: How come Kadafi never made General?
1. The lady, while a talented seamstress, is foolish to think something like this wouldn't happen. If she didn't, then her parents should have known.
2. People getting upset over the battle flag show their ignorance of history and what the "Stars and Bars" represents. I'd bet if she made a dress to match the Confederate States' flag, 9 out of 10 people would have no clue what it is; including the idiot of a principal.
There is actually a contest for scholarship money. A couple of my former students have entered the competition. I've seen photos of some of the duct taped formal wear. Many of them were nicer (and covered more skin) than some of the clothing (or lack thereof) I've seen at proms lately.
...wife of Crawdad
Same face ... bet it's her dad.
This dress appears to be made to resemble the Confederate Battle Flag, not the Stars & Bars.
Here's a link that shows the difference.
oh but she would be branded as a race baiter if she did that.
i love the stars and bars. but not as much as the stars and stripes. if the "african american" community can honor their heratage, why cant any other group. i am a missourian against slavery but since the emancipation proclomation only effected southern states to divide and create tension
to the south i can't totally disregard the feelings of the old south. let them be proud of their Roots.
to heck with the P.C. crowd we do not have slavery anymore .
its time to GIT OVER IT! P.S. I OWE YOU NOTHIN, but the respect i would give anyone else i meet.
now being irish someone please pay me for the injustice my great great grand daddy had to indure.
Slipped while meaning to show a distinction between the Sates' flag and the battle flag. The Battle flag and States' flag are different animals, and most people wouldn't know what the States' flag looked like, or think the battle flag was the flag of the Southern states. She picked the battle flag to get a rise out of people, but that's her and her parent's choice.
Thanks for the head's up.
I have a Battle Flag that I wear every day - it's a tattoo on my left arm with the word "Tennessee" under it.
Years ago, I was at a Bill Cosby Concert and was introduced to John Forsythe. He saw the tattoo and asked if I was from Tennessee. When I said I was, he asked what part and I told him "All of me, of course." He broke out laughing.
That's not the flag of the Confederacy. That's the battle flag. The Stars & Bars was the flag of the Confederacy and that's the Southern Cross (which was also the battle flag).
I think the dress is in poor taste; not only does it NOT look good on her, it belittles the sacrifices of those who fought for AND against it.
I'd bet a months pay that there is some Civil War re-enacting going on in that family.
I'm not criticizing it - it seems to me that a girl from such a family might be genuine with her pride and not doing it to get a rise.
I got the feeling that she's very proud of those sacrifices--that's why she wore the dress.
WOW! What an amazing dress! Makes me proud to be a rebel! And, a fellow Kentuckian!!
This is the south tax-chic. Could be her cousin, brother, or father and her date!
I side with the schools position but not the stated reason.
No one should be allowed to desecrate the confederate flag by wearing it. It is far too noble a symbol to be used as clothing.
Now the UN flag OTOH would make a great grease rag........
Someone should inform the principal that the South lost.
Well, I for one like it. It could have been a whole lot worse.
This was just plain stupid on the part of the school.
It is just obvious that if there was an anti-american PC symbolism on a prom dress then that would be acceptable. If some wacko had worn a dress with a free the "cop killer de jour" that would be acceptable.
Where is the picture of the principle?
She ain't gonna win any beauty contests ... but I wouldn't (have, when I was a young man) toss her out for eating crackers.
I think she looks lovely in that dress. A shame that this happened to her. It'n not an "in your face" type of design.
It is yet another example of misplaced loyalties and lost cause mythology worship
She has every right (IMO) to wear it. banning her from her prom is ridiculous & indefensible. Stupidity and poor taste are not against the law. I hope the school gets pummeled.
Her companion displays the absolute MOST common historical error in all of re-enacting ...
What a stupid lawsuit. Principals should be able to send home anyone who shows up dressed inappropriately for a school function, too bad that action isn't taken more often. Whatever happened to common sense?
The irony is that this stunt reinforces the stereotype of the Dixie-fanatics being a bunch of obsessed and wound-too-tight goofballs.
url to read about the Duct Tape contest:
Yeah, those are pretty stupid, too. If her prom was full of this, then I guess she has a gripe. When I was in high school we were all in black tuxes and stylish dress, with colored bow ties and cumberbunds the only major variations, other than a few bitter cranks, who I guess would be goths these days.
But then most of us also had taste and took pride in our appearance, instead of wearing scruffy rags, plumber's crack fall-down pants, and greasy wakeup hair.
IMHO the young lady needs supported in this. Some of the FReepJerks need to relook their reasons for being on Free Republic. Seems like the libs are invading here more than ever.
Yer funny, Yank!
What if the dress had and RNC republican eliphant theme? Would this publik skuul principle have banned that too?
What if her dress had a large cross on the side?
What if her dress had written Merry Christmas?!
Yep the sh*tfilter seems to be down the last few days.....:o)