Going to senior prom is one the most exciting moments in High School. It’s a rite of passage in our younger years and leads us on the journey to adulthood. Choosing the right dress or tuxedo, chatting with friends about who to take with you to prom and pulling up in the sweetest ride are among the most important decisions you can make besides graduation and college.
Fast forward to 18-year old Anna Hayes, who had THIS very important moment ruined by her racist father.
Hayes, is a White high school senior from Lake Village, Arkansas who attended prom with a male friend, Phillip Freeman who is Black.
When her estranged father saw the photos online, he sent his daughter a long racist, sexist and abusive set of messages telling Anna that he was disowning her.
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.’
‘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?