A prom picture is stirring up controversy in Parker, Colorado. The picture shows Chaparral High School students posing with assault-style rifles and the Confederate flag.
Students and parents were surprised by their actions.
“When he got out there he was surprised that guns were brought out and the Confederate flag was brought out,” said a mother of one of the students in the picture, who spoke to KDVR on the condition of anonymity. “There were other parents there fully supporting it and taking pictures.”
She went on to say that she doesn’t condone the behavior and said that her son made a mistake.
According to the mother, the picture was taken at a home in Elizabeth.
“I think in their immaturity they kind of think it is a cowboy thing, but to have parents feed into it and support it is really upsetting to me,” she said.
Watch courtesy of KDVR:
Arturo Aldama, a University of Colorado-Boulder ethnic studies professor, said, “The image is pretty disturbing, especially if they have real assault rifles in their hands. Not to mention, the Confederate flag and its legacy of white supremacy, Klan violence and the Jim Crow South.”
Colorado wasn’t even a state during the war. Meaning, it wasn’t part of the Confederacy or the Union.
Since the war, the Confederate flag has been co-opted by White Supremacists.
Also, the Confederacy lost the war.
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