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Why Is This Tennessee School Racist Against This Nice Girl’s Confederate Flag Dress?

we cry more more moreLike any other girl who dreams of the magical night that is her prom, high school senior Texanna Edwards just wanted to dress up as the muscle car from “The Dukes Of Hazzard,” the General Lee. The lady who was the prom sponsor suggested before the Confederate flag dress was made that this was a bad idea, and that Texanna needed to clear it with the school principal. But Texanna didn’t ask for approval, Texanna says, because “I didn’t think I needed to. I had one teacher tell me it was a bad idea. but I just thought she only said that because it would offend people.” Makes sense so far! Then Texanna got to prom and they wouldn’t let her in unless she went home and changed, but Texanna didn’t want to go home and change, because why would the principal tell her a Confederate flag dress was “offensive and inappropriate” when everybody knows that is not the case it is about heritage or something and it’s not like Gibson County High School has had race problems except that it has?

Anyway, Texanna did not get to go to her prom this year unless she went home and changed but Texanna didn’t go home and change and now her story is in the newspaper, because there has never been a greater injustice in the history of prom. SPARTACUS! [Tennessean, via Wonkette operative “keepfnthatchicken”]

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  1. Barb

    Wonder how much she paid at The Big and Tall Whore Store for that rag? Her mom could have saved a fortune ($18.00 in redneck bucks) and just let her wear a sheet with a pointy hood.

    1. Trannysurprise

      I have no doubt that this outfit was "off the shelf" at some shitty Dollar General in her dead ass town.

      1. Barb

        From the shitty Dollar General Lee store. She strikes me as the kind of gal who goes to the cashier over and over again and asks, "How much is this?" "A dollar? okay"

      1. Barb

        They look like two bluebirds that her date shot for her. Guess he didn't have time to make her a homemade fur with summer school approaching.

        Prommie, the funny part is that I can't help but to wonder what strange underwear she is wearing under that dress. Any guesses?

        1. prommie

          I'm thinking some spanx, or whatever they call them new girdles. Man, I remember the old battleaxe grade school teachers always wore girdles, and they dried them on too high a temperature, so my memories of grade school are associated with the smell of scorched latex.

    2. Lascauxcaveman

      My take is, of course, every community has its own standards and mores, and in any event, a confederate flag diaper is always appropriate.

      In many cases, a confederate flag bikini is also acceptable, but in her case, I would say no.

          1. shebeers

            My favorite too.
            Thanks for adding two more "crooked letters" and taking out those two annoying "humpbacks."

        1. Not_So_Much

          My cousin's sister-wife is constantly shouting "I da Ho!"

          No idea if that's her name, but she is pretty hot on the outdoor couch in bed.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Too bad her folks didn't look to the northeast when choosing her name, they could have called her Masshole.

        1. Lascauxcaveman

          I'm from Washington, so naturally I'm partial to "Washingtonia." But that's probably already been trademarked by Carrie and Fred for the first spin-off of Portlandia.

      1. Chichikovovich

        If they had listened to second cousin Jonnyreb ("the smart one") who watches the history channel, sometimes even when Monster Truck races are on, they could have called her Chile'o'maine.

      2. IonaTrailer

        I heard that Dumfries and Manassas Virginia have merged.

        The new town will be called Dumasses.

  2. EtchySketchy

    Texanna's actually the sane one in her family. You should meet her sister Arizonna May Shooty-guns.

  3. Trannysurprise

    Hey, she was just stating her position on States Rights! She's not being a total racist asshole like all those others that are now totally racists assholes for suggesting that she is.

  4. Barb

    She just wanted to show off her new figure after giving birth 5 years ago. Let's cut her some slack.

      1. Barb

        She'll have to postpone that surgery for a while. Something tells me that's she's not been "In the Land of (5 days a month) Cotton" for a while. Breast milk is a bitch to get out of a prom dress.

  5. slithytoves

    because there has never been a greater injustice in the history of prom.

    I beg to differ. My prom date surely takes the prize for that.

        1. Biel_ze_Bubba

          No matter how horrific, there's always worse. Always.

          Then again, there's this.
          (Warning: swallow your coffee, put down the mug, and blow your nose NOW. I am not responsible for what's about to happen to your keyboard and monitor.)

    1. elviouslyqueer

      Judging from the gayface on her "escort," I think the best she could settle for is a truce.

    1. Barb

      Those aren't peals, Lovie. She has her children's missing baby teeth strung on some dental floss.

  6. Beowoof

    As I understand it, the stars and bars was the battle flag of the confederacy. Thus, I believe she is going to school to battle on the side of willful ignorance perpetuated in the south. That she is ignorant is a given considering her outfit.

    1. Tommy1733

      Many people today continue to wage that very same battle. In my opinion they have inherited their willful ignorance from the South itself; that this mindset arose from the need to rationalize the economic incentive to perpetuate slavery, which was an otherwise indefensible institution.

    1. DaRooster

      Well, they have the same number of IQ points in their families… just way too many kids to spread them out over.

    2. tessiee

      A gene pool which originated in transported convicts and has not been improved by 400 years of inbreeding?

  7. Joshua Norton

    About $500 was spent on her hair, makeup, the dress and her date’s apparel,

    Cheap date. I went to High School many moons ago and spent over $1000 for all that plus dinner and a town car.

    And even then I couldn't wear what I wanted to. I had one of those cool Tux-T's and my date had one where the boobs lit up, but noooooooooo.

    1. Texan_Bulldog

      Who buys prom attire for their daughter's date? I guess people in TN…never mind. (Maybe it's the only way they could get a date for their little Texanna.)

        1. tessiee

          Homer: When Lisa and Bart get married…
          Marge: You DO mean to other people, right?
          Home: OK, but I'm not paying for TWO weddings.

    1. pdiddycornchips

      In a few years, when she's looking in the mirror, cleaning the blood from her nose following a particularly brutal beating from her pimp, she'll look back on her prom as among the best days of her life.

      1. tessiee

        "Pimp"? What do you think Texanna is, one of those "urban" types? No, she's a good upstanding American with values, by which I mean an illiterate hick — the beating will come from her cousin/husband, by God.

  8. Beowoof

    Okay I give, I am for secession for the south. They are ignorant and want to stay that way. Please leave and take Sarah Palin's Alaska with you.

    1. criticaldsj

      We're going to need Alaska's oil. And the Salmon. So they get to stay. But I'm in favor of moving anyone that wants to live in the confederacy there at no charge.

  9. EtchySketchy

    *sniff* Our little girl is growing up, I just hope this county's ready for its first female Grand Wizard.

  10. SnarkoMarx

    Today we are all six-foot high balloons full-to-burstin' with vanilla pudding in stars and bars prom dresses.

    1. GemlikeFlame

      Take a fairly high energy round to find a vital organ in all that. Or a harpoon and a very persistent Captain Ahab.

      Seriously, what is wrong with these people?

    1. Fare la Volpe

      And the PC police got soooo mad at me when I showed up at Harrod's of London in my IRA-chic three-piece.

      Heritage, not hate!!

    2. chicken_thief

      Fucking a-holes at my prom in Montana wouldn't let me in dressed as Sitting Bull. No sense of humor, those guys….

    1. SayItWithWookies

      Yeah, but sex among the ignorant isn't pretty — there must be more confusion and chaos in Tennessee on prom night than on the first night of Shiloh.

        1. SayItWithWookies

          Yeah — and she tried to fuck a North Carolina boy once, but he was first in flight.

    1. tessiee

      She knows exactly what we're talking about, and is entirely too goddamn pleased with herself about the whole thing.

      1. tessiee

        "That is NOT a caesarian scar! I birthed all MY babies naturally! I'll have you know that that scar is from where my prom date stabbed me!" — Joy Hickey Turner

  11. donner_froh

    there has never been a greater injustice in the history of prom.

    Try telling that to the guy who has to clean the back seats of the stretch limos.

  12. James Michael Curley

    I dread that the teacher and principal who declared her dress “offensive and inappropriate” did so because she "dishonored the sacred symbol yada, yada, yada."

  13. BaldarTFlagass

    So, instead of going to the prom, she and her date went up and parked at Lookout Point with twelve pack of Milwaukee's Beast, and he banged her like a screen door but of course with no birth control and next January Li'l Texanna Junior is gonna come sliding down the chute. The South is gonna rise agin'!!!

  14. JackDempsey1

    A misunderstanding—–
    she's a civil war re-enactor, inanimate objects division. Her date dressed as a gatling gun.

  15. Maman

    The school needs to amend their prom rules about to include a no "Stars and Bars" clause. Of course, like my girls' school they probably give the rules to the kids 2 days before prom.

  16. fartknocker

    Texanna also carried a bottle of Bayer aspirin and squeezed a pill with her knees to keep herself pure. After the prom she and her date Bo-Diddly, went home and watched reruns of the TLC show "19 Kids and Counting," or in the words of Mrs. Fartknocker: "My Wife's Vagina is a Clown Car."

  17. DaRooster

    "…I just thought she only said that because it would offend people.”

    Yep, wouldn't want to think about how others might feel about your choices in racism. Nice statement Moran.

  18. BaldarTFlagass

    With a name like Texanna, her parents should be given a swift kick in the nuts/ovaries. That transcends silliness and goes straight to sheer stupidity.

  19. JustPixelz

    The strange (and yet not unexpected) part of the story is she's being home schooled. Her brother is her prom date (also not unexpected). Her mother told her the dress was a bad idea (finally, a surprise!). And "go home to change" was just out to the RV.

  20. prommie

    That there is one proud, brazen, strutting asshole. I mean, wow, that is some in-your-fucking-face, "look at what a belligerent asshole I am" ass-holery of the highest level. And the smirk, she is a proud, belligerent, smirking brazen asshole of Gingrichian proportions.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Looks to me like there's a big fat trailer-dwelling baby-spurting-out Wal-Mart shopper inside her, screaming to get out. Give it two years.

    2. mrblifil

      I've met a few of these teens raised with reverence for the confederate flag. Belligerent smugness is their default mode, but only when pressed. Otherwise they pass themselves off as obedient and nice, except for maybe when a person of color passes by and they are among friends.

  21. Chichikovovich

    why would the principal tell her a Confederate flag dress was “offensive and inappropriate

    People are jumping on this principal without knowin' all the facts. He just thought wearing the Stars and Bars as an article of clothing didn't show it the proper respect.

    1. BigSkullF*ckingDog

      He was just imagining what would happen to it during the inevitable after-prom gang-bang.

  22. SayItWithWookies

    Yeah she looked ridiculous at the prom, but a few hours before that she was a hit with the rest of the rodeo clowns.

    1. Chichikovovich

      That was too clever for just one thumb's up. I'll give you another when I get to the office.

  23. BaldarTFlagass

    So, country girl asked her hillbilly daddy to give her 200 bucks for a prom dress. Pappy says sure, but you've got to give me a blowjob. She was horrified and said no way, I'll find the money myself. Well, it's getting close to the prom and she hasn't found the money. So, she steels herself and says to her daddy, OK let me have the 200 bucks. He unzips and down she goes, but immediately jumps away, spitting and choking. What's the matter, pappy says. She says, That tastes like shit!!! Pappy says, yeah, your brother wanted to borrow the car.

  24. ernestwhile

    The greatest thing about Wonkette comments is that they consistently, and comprehensively, read my mind. It's like a mental tugjob.

    1. Dudleydidwrong

      Kudzu and skunk cabbage–gotta keep things all South. A cluster of dingleberries would be nice, also too.

  25. Steverino247

    I think the flag dress is very appropriate in that it is symbolic of young Texanna's life. That flag represented a nation that was lost before its young life even started. It was a born loser, in other words.

  26. prommie

    My favorite comment, over at the Tennessean: "The sooner the unionized public schools fail, the better."

    1. tessiee

      "The sooner the unionized public schools fail, the better."

      And that comment about public schools failing is in the future tense? Once again, the south is at least a decade behind the curve.

    1. Generation[redacted]

      Most racially divisive President in history, according to my white Southern Facebook friends who wear confederate flag attire.

  27. chicken_thief

    Texanna the attention whore should save the bars and stars part of the dress – it'll be useful for her future career in pole dancing.

  28. Biel_ze_Bubba

    “I didn’t talk with administration because we wore rebel flags all through my four years at Gibson County,” she said.

    What a pleasant environment that must be for the local blah students.

    1. Eve8Apples

      Those are satellite dishes so she and her fella can pick-up the televised tractor pull during the dance.

  29. __kth__

    Texanna's future consists of either

    (1) Working at Winn-Dixie while home-schooling her 3 kids while her unemployed husband drinks and watches Judge Joe Brown all day

    (2) Governor of Tennessee, circa 2030

    1. tessiee

      Teensy-weensy nitpick: Her husband/brother/cousin would never watch Judge Joe Brown, as the Judge is blah.

  30. Me_K_Cong

    Look. I live in the confederacy and I HATE it. But face it, it's not the dress, it's the assumed opinion behind the dress that you don't like. It's speech. Get over it. She has the right to wear it and you should be defending that right to the death.

    1. mrblifil

      The school has a right to bar certain kinds of speech, according to SCOTUS. Look it up. And we have the right to revile her for the dress. That's speech too. Strange how that works ain't it? By the way I will also fight to the death for you to share your rape fantasy ideations involving buttfuckery on butter thighed teenage girls on Teh Wonkettz. So…HAVE AT IT!

          1. Me_K_Cong

            Really? Stars and Bars in TX = Swastika in Germany? You have to resort to a Nazi reference to defeat my free speech argument? It's not the same thing. Although you want it to be the same thing, which I can kind of understand. I voted against the stars and bars on GA's state flag.

            But here's the problem. ALL high schools do these days is crap all over the constitution every chance they get. We drug test, dog sniff, ban off campus speech (Bong hits for Jesus) and now ban dresses that have some resemblance to a symbol a lot of us wish would go away. No wonder nobody has any respect for the constitution any more. Schools teach people it's crap every chance they get.

          2. Generation[redacted]

            I don't think you appreciate the magnitude of human rights abuses committed by the Confederacy. Nazi Germany is the closest historic parallel in terms of state-sanctioned large scale slavery, a master race, and war. So yes, as far as I'm concerned the rebel flag is our Swastika. It means the exact same thing, without ambiguity.

          3. CapnFatback

            Would the school be wrong for refusing her admittance if she showed up wearing a dress that said "Slavery is okay with me" or one that said "White people are subhuman"? She has every right to make a dress that resembles the confederate flag, but let's not pretend that that flag is not a loaded symbol that symbolizes enslavement to at the very least a certain population. Whether your intention or not, wearing it is hateful message to a historically marginalized group of people. Her free speech is not getting trampled; she's flaunting social mores in a dangerous and disrespectful manner.

            I had a college student in my employ who owned a t-shirt with a picture of a pyramid on it and accompanying text that said something akin to "Slavery Gets Shit Done." I knew the young man and trusted that he didn't mean to be racially insensitive; nevertheless, I requested he not wear the shirt in our tutoring center any longer, as snark doesn't always translate. I told him that I saw the humor in the shirt but was looking to avoid harmful backlash or the potential of students feeling intimidated by a tutor whose shirt seems to be advocating for slavery. I feel justified in my decision.

          1. Generation[redacted]

            You mean I can't burn a cross at a high school pep rally to celebrate our shared heritage? I didn't think I needed to ask permission!

    2. Dudleydidwrong

      Free speech, huh? So a butt-length white see-through spaghetti-strapped plunging neckline little dress that says "Hey! I really like my body and I want you to like it, too" worn to the prom should also be allowed because, well, it's free speech? (That's what my date wore to our senior prom. Yeah. Don't I wish…)

    3. tessiee

      "She has the right to wear it and you should be defending that right to the death."

      "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech"

      I haven't read ALL the comments in this thread, but I don't think anyone so far has recommended that the Federal Marshals break down the door of Texanna's trailer and drag her off to Gitmo, or that Congress pass a law forbidding her to wear a stars'n'bars prom dress; we're just saying that she's kind of an asshole.

  31. Chichikovovich

    People are underestimating Texanna here. The dress was actually part of an elaborate heart-felt tribute to the late Levon Helm. After the prom they went out to the Danville train tracks to tear 'em up again. Her prom date was calling himself "Virgil Cain" for the night, and their pet nickname for his penis was "Stoneman's cavalry".

  32. Terry

    Once she sees who comes rushing to her defense she'll understand why she shouldn't have worn that dress.

  33. thefrontpage

    From the follow-up story today in The Tennessean: "Before I attended the prom wearing the Confederate flag dress, I called up Ted Nugent and asked him what I should do," Texanna McGraw said. "Ted said that I should definately wear the dress, with a nice camoflage top and a nice Western hat and possibly a bolo tie. I love Ted Nugent! He's so warm and thoughtful and non-violent!"

  34. PubOption

    From the Tennessian article
    I didn’t talk with administration because we wore rebel flags all through my four years at Gibson County,” she said. “I didn’t ask for approval because I didn’t think I needed to.

    Says a lot about the school, unionized or not.

      1. Veritas78

        You mean the Birthplace of Lazy Treasonous Inbred Scots-Irish Wannabe Aristocrats? That "South"?

  35. horsedreamer_1

    Let me guess: this sovereign citizen who lists tort reform as one of her top three goals is seeking redress in the courts.

  36. Eve8Apples

    Her date is smiling because girls who wear flag dresses are known to fly on the pole if you get my drift.

  37. Nostrildamus

    I say three cheers for principal Hughes! I imagine he's catching a lot of flack about now.

  38. Wonderthing

    Shit, if I know my racist attention whores, just give her a bottle of Everclear and a football team and she'll be out of that dress in no time. Problem solved.

  39. ttommyunger

    Ted Nugent had agreed to be her date (he likes 'em young, donchaknow) but he had that concert scheduled at Fort Knox, then the Army cancelled that because he is a huge asshole and wants their Commander-in-Chief killed and said so publicly (not the sharpest knife in the drawer, donchaknow) which freed him up, then they asked him to cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the new Dollar Tree in Bumphuk, Ark…..sooooooo……….

    1. pdiddycornchips

      After learning of Ted's elaborate attempts to avoid service during the Vietnam war, the secret service gave him the an honorary code name: Chickenhawk Nancy Boy.

  40. tessiee

    Her parents named her "Texanna", apparently because just living in Tennessee isn't redneck *enough*. She was doomed from the start.

  41. OneYieldRegular

    To paraphrase Chris Rock, she should have just worn a dress with a picture of a Saltine on the front.

  42. anniegetyerfun

    “We asked why they thought that, but they kept saying the same thing over and over,” she said Monday. “We kept asking people walking inside — black and white — and everyone said they loved it. Two black women even went off on the principal. They were upset with the principal. No one was upset with me.”

    Right. I'm sure any number of those black people who loved your dress would be willing to come forward and testify that you're just an all-around awesome person.

    1. pdiddycornchips

      "These two black women, they were saying they loved my dress, then they took off their shoes and asked me to meet them behind the school."

  43. tessiee

    Texanna, honey; give up. It didn't work for Bruce Willis in "DIe Hard", and he's about ten thousand times cooler than you'll ever be.

  44. AlaskaGrrl

    The little white number with the hood was at the cleaners, so you know, what was she suppose to wear?

  45. Wile E. Quixote

    I for one love people who wear Confederate flag dresses, T-shirts or trucker caps. When you're looking at them through a rifle scope surveyor's transit the crosshairs surveyor's marks on the reticle land very nicely on the center of the St. Andrew's Cross and provide an excellent aiming surveying point.

  46. Wile E. Quixote

    I think we should have a national "burn the Confederate flag" day, and if anyone objects ask them why they're so goddamned concerned about the feelings of a bunch of slave-owning, racist traitors.

  47. DoggerelCDogg

    She's fat and ugly and doesn't deserve to go to any prom. Doesn't she know proms are only for beautiful, popular girls? I can't stand people who don't know their place.

  48. Veritas78

    The Crosshairs of Cowardice need to be a bit lower for her kinfolk to find her Sacred Twat of Treason.

  49. glamourdammerung

    Nothing a drone strike would not fix. They get to celebrate their "heritage" of being racist cretins and the U.S. gets to celebrate its heritage of beating the South like a Southern housewife. Everyone wins!

  50. cloudchasersakonige

    "Texanna Edwards just wanted to dress up as the muscle car from “The Dukes Of Hazzard,” the General Lee."

    If that were the case, she'd be wearing an orange dress with 01 on the sides and a Confederate flag on the back.

  51. BklynE

    I just had a vision of the future. "There are 9,726 listings for 'Texanna'" Texanna. Which she spells thusly, with two N's, as she says, "for an extra dose of heritage." On the other hand, her complexion does allow her to pull off royal blue and bright red fairly well…

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