Confederate Flag Prom Photo With Gun-Toting High Schoolers Backfires

(Huffington Post) It’s that time of year when everyone’s Facebook feed is cluttered with prom photos — but there’s one image that’s standing out from the rest for all the wrong reasons. The picture circulating on social media shows eight students from Chaparral High School in Parker, Colorado posing for their prom photo with a large Confederate flag. Two girls are holding guns, while several others use their fingers to mimic a gun. The flag was never the official flag of the Confederacy during the Civil War, although its design was incorporated into several of the flags that were used. It was also used as a battle flag, and today is part of the state flag of Mississippi. But while supporters say it represents “southern pride,” others believe it is a symbol of racism, and variations of the flag are often used by white supremacy organizations. “The image is pretty disturbing, especially if they have real assault rifles in their hands,” University of Colorado-Boulder ethnic studies professor Arturo Aldama told Fox 31 Denver. “Not to mention, the Confederate flag and its legacy of white supremacy, Klan violence and the Jim Crow South.”

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