Going to my senior prom was one of the most exciting events in my young life. Picking the dress, gossiping with my friends about who we would go with, and did I say picking the dress?!
So spare a thought for 18-year-old Anna Hayes, who had one of her most defining coming-of-age moments ruined by her racist father.
Hayes, is a white high school senior from Lake Village, Arkansas who attended prom last week with a male friend, Phillip Freeman — who happens to be black.
When her estranged father saw the photos online, he was so furious he sent her a long tirade of racist, sexist and abusive messages telling Anna that he was disowning her.
In photos shared on Facebook, Anna and Phillip look prom picture-perfect. Anna wore red lipstick to match her lacy scarlet mermaid gown. Phillip layered a matching red suit jacket over a black button-down shirt, adding a cute red bowtie.
Anna and Phillip are just friends – with the young teen saying she chose to go to prom with Phillip because he’s ‘really funny’ and ‘super cute.’
Unfortunately, Anna’s dad — who she says has always been racist — wasted no time in blasting his daughter’s decision and sharing his ignorant views.
‘We are done,’ he texted her. ‘I won’t be coming to your graduation. Nor will I pay for your college. Go live with the n*****s.’
Anna explained to BuzzFeed that she and her dad have had a difficult relationship over the years.
Anna’s parents are divorced, and though she lived with her father briefly as a child, she’s been living with her mom since her early teens.
Responding to his initial texts, Anna wrote: ‘I went to prom with a black guy so that’s a problem … racist much.’
‘Yes I am,’ her dad wrote back unashamedly, later saying to his own daughter: ‘Your dead to me.’
‘Don’t ever contact me again we are through,’ he added. ‘Go ahead be a F***IN wh*** leave me out of it. [sic].
He also told her that he was cancelling her cell phone and her car insurance, to which she replied, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong.’
‘Shut the f*** up you have no right to talk to me anymore. Go live with the F***IN n*****s. Your pictures are already off my walls.
‘You can go to hell. What the f*** is wrong with you? … You want to mingle with Subhumans I’ll treat you accordingly. [sic]’
‘He has told me that if I ever dated a black guy that I will and would be dead to him,’ Anna told BuzzFeed. ‘I stood my ground for what I believe in. He has called me several horrible things before.’
She added: ‘This just hurt more because I can not believe how anyone can hate someone they don’t even know because of their skin color… ‘My mother was horrified and felt terrible but there isn’t anything she can do.’
Her date, Phillip, also shared screenshots of the exchange on Twitter, where they’ve garnered an overwhelming amount of sympathy and support. ‘It’s important for people to see that racism is very much alive,’ she said.
What Do You Guys Think About Anna’s Father’s Actions?