Priorities! Carroll High School in Monroe, Louisiana, has them! Claudetteia Love is 17, she is a top honors student headed to college on a full scholarship, and she would like to go the prom with her friends. She would also like to wear a tuxedo, because that's what she's most comfortable in. All of this is great, except for the fact that she is a damn lesbian, and they just don't take kindly to that sort of thing in MON-roe (spelled phonetically for non-Southern readers, for future reference):

The school says it's simply a dress code, but Carroll High School senior Claudetteia Love said the prohibition is more about her sexual orientation than her fashion choices.

According to Love, Principal Patrick Taylor has pulled right out of his bayou ass a policy that says that girls must wear dresses to the prom, essentially arguing that "boys have a penis, girls have a vagina." Apparently this is important to people, somewhere, because the only fitting finishing accessory for a tuxedo is a good old all-American penis.

But Love's sister Mignon says she heard teachers talking about it, and apparently it was all rude comments about her sister's sexuality, BIG SURPRISE.

The good news is that the local school board president, Rodney McFarland, is doing his part to smack down the dumb principal, and he's tattling to the superintendent. McFarland notes that this is discrimination, plain and simple, says there's definitely not a No Tuxes For Lesbians rule, and that "you can't just go making up policies." But, but, but, yes you can. Indiana and Arkansas totally just tried to make up policies that say that wingnut photographers bakers and photographers don't have to shoot or frost gay weddings, but Big Gay smacked them down too, haha.

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Love tells USA Today that she's fighting for this for the sake of younger girls who will come after her and face the same stuff. Prom discrimination against lesbians has certainly happened before! Several years back, in neighboring Mississippi, a group of asshole teenagers created a fake prom to keep student Constance McMillen from attending the REAL PROM with her girlfriend. In the end, of course, McMillen won, because she got to go on the Ellen Show, and all the rest of the students who were mean to her are still humping their sisters in Northeast Mississippi. Our advice to Ms. Love is to STAY BY YOUR PHONE, especially since Ellen DeGeneres is from Louisiana too.

When we say "honor student," we should be clear that Love is, like, a super-duper honors student, not just one of those regular people who's kinda smart and gets put in advanced classes:

Last year, Love was one of a group of students presented in a Monroe City School Board meeting as part of the school's high-achieving medical magnet program. In a school that has a failing school performance score, Love is one of the academic superstars. She will represent the school at the annual Scholars' Banquet, an event for the top students in Ouachita Parish.

We do hope this gets resolved and Claudetteia Love gets to go to her prom, wearing whatever she wants to wear. And if not, meh, fuck prom. Go to college and be a bad-ass.

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I'd mentioned this week that there's definitely probably a tape out there of Donald Trump referring to a black person as a "nigger," because Trump is a racist and that's sort of what they do. Sarah Huckabee Sanders won't even affirmatively deny such a tape exists, and she's from the "two plus two equals five" school of communications management. I also speculated that once the tape was released, Republican supporters of the president would flock to defend his vile words: "Hey, if you rearrange the letters in "nigger," you get "ginger" and who doesn't like redheads and the occasional Dark 'n' Stormy?"

The shameful display has already started and the supposed recording isn't even available for pre-order on iTunes. George State Senator Michael Williams stated in appearance on CNN's "New Day Saturday" that if Trump -- who's the president, by the way -- did say "nigger," it would certainly concern him as an "individual" but "not necessarily as a person that is running our country." So, uh, what the hell is that? This has been a standard argument from Republicans ever since Trump crawled his way out of the sewers of birtherism and onto a major political stage: "We think Trump is a terrible human being -- seriously, we have to shower immediately after meeting with him -- but we still think he's a suitable steward of the most powerful nation on the planet."

Normally, you'd think this would work the other way. You know, your brother-in-law is a nice enough guy. Your sister certainly could've done worse. You don't mind the slightly rambling sports-ball discussions with him at family gatherings. He's good for looking after the kids (as long as your sister is present or reachable by cell), but you'd never invest your hard-earned money into whatever half-assed business venture he's trying to get off the ground nor would you back his run for any serious political office.

I've long had issues with the "brilliant asshole" archetype in TV and movies. It's almost always a white male (because women and minorities must be perfect) whose emotional immaturity and overall jerkass behavior we're told to overlook because they're so goshdarned awesome. Do you want some PC "cuck" or do you want Dr. House to figure out that the MS symptoms you're suffering are really just because you ate a stale doughnut? Sherlock Holmes doesn't have time for your feelings or social niceties -- not while he's solving mysteries and being dreamy.

Trump, however, isn't "brilliant." He's just a guy who says "nigger." They're hardly a scarcity in the market. You don't even have to venture out to a klan rally to find one. You can order online -- same day social media delivery.

Williams argues that Trump didn't use the word "nigger" when he was in the "office of the president." It was just some youthful indiscretion when he was almost 60. I don't even know where he's going with this. Does he think Trump has changed? He routinely insults and belittles black people. He also calls black NFL players who peacefully protest "sons of bitches." Was that his way of weaning off calling us "niggers"? Has he been wearing a "nigger" patch on his arm to control his cravings for the racial epithet?

"He used the word in his personal life," Williams said. (It was actually in a workplace context -- SER) "Now if he were president and were to go on TV and use the n-word, I'd have a major problem with that."

It's heartening repulsive to see that Williams draws the line at Trump holding an official "nigger" press conference. I think once we reach that point, Trump will probably also reveal that his buddies on the Supreme Court discovered a typo in the Thirteenth Amendment and black folks' work-life balance will start to really suffer.

"I will always say using the n-word is wrong, and it's bad, and should never be accepted in our society. But just because (Trump) might have done it years ago, not as our president, doesn't mean we need to continue to berate him because he used it," GOP state Sen. Michael Williams, who is white, told CNN's Victor Blackwell on "New Day Saturday."

Blackwell, who is black, had to sit there and listen to this crap from a white elected official who is just 45 years old. You know, the word "nigger" doesn't even appear in the Dred Scott decision, for example, but that's not necessary for reasonable people to understand that it was racist as hell. We all know Trump is racist, but now Republicans can't even repudiate the worst demonstrations of his racial animus. The first black president hasn't even been out of office for two full years and already "nigger" is being redefined. What would once end a campaign in its tracks when Blackwell and I were growing up is now just an "oops, my bad."

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Conservatives want to be oppressed. Or, rather, for everyone to think they are being oppressed and to then give them what they see as the impunity and moral upper hand that comes along with being an oppressed group of people. They want it very, very badly and think it is very unfair that all the people they have oppressed have this privilege and they do not. This morning, Trump took to Twitter to vow to protect them from the worst kind of oppression of all -- imaginary social media censorship!

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