Political statements are the new black

Student patriotism in question after Tuesday’s blackout

Tia Baldwin and Morgan Myles

On Tuesday’s patriotic-themed spirit day, there was some push back; and it all started with a few tweets.

The night before, senior Alex Myrick tweeted at her followers, “Wear all black tomorrow.” About an hour and 13 retweets later, another student tweeted something similar that got more attention.

With the same mindset as Myrick, senior Brittany Henry wanted to explain her outfit choice for the next day.

“I’m wearing black tomorrow (because) why wear the colors of a country that doesn’t (care) about me,” she tweeted.

Henry’s tweet caused a string of replies expressing their excitement with her idea. Henry and Myrick started a trend that they called a “blackout.”

“I participated in the blackout because it was a political statement calling out the prejudice and oppression in America,” senior Shannon Dunne said. “I believe that small things like this can make people more aware of bigger problems such as racism and police brutality.”

This was just Henry’s point of her “blackout” idea.

“It hasn’t felt right wearing the colors after the countless murders of African American lives with seldom prosecution of the murder… I’m specifically referring to episodes of police brutality,” she said. “I didn’t want to represent the colors of a country that, lately hasn’t been protecting and serving my people.”