Buzzfeed recently put together a list called 20 Foolproof Ways To Win At Graduating more than half the list is about wearing something ridiculous. Perhaps a cap with “Game of Loans” on it, or a unicorn head, a batman mask, a penis costume. It’s all been done. No one cares. It’s silly, they’re high school kids.
In Alabama, Chelsey Ramer was supposed to graduate high school. You can imagine the excitement I’m sure. But Ramer was denied her diploma and fined $1,000—because she wore an eagle feather attached to her mortarboard to honor her Native American heritage. Yeah, you read that right. She was denied a diploma, transcripts, and fined a grand for wearing something that girls wear as an accessory. “About two months ago, me and the other Indian seniors from the graduating class asked our headmaster if we could wear the feathers on our caps,” Ramer told Indian Country Today Media Network. “She told us ‘no’ and that if we did, she would pull us off the field.”
Ramer wore the feather anyway and good for her. She said (and she was right) it was important to represent her heritage at that moment. “Being honored with a feather for graduation is a wonderful experience. It’s a lot more than showing off your culture. It has ties into our spirituality as well,” Ramer’s former teacher Alex Alvarez told WMPI-TV.
Ramer has appealed this ruling and may look into getting legal counsel. How in the year 2013 are we still doing this? Haven’t we done enough to other cultures? Haven’t we done enough to Native Americans? What the hell difference does it make if she wears a feather?! It’s a feather! I seriously hope this goes viral and that principal is forced to resigned and fined for discrimination.