Can you believe this happened in 2017?
In a society where racism is called out and combatted more and more often, it can be shocking when people are still blatantly biased against certain people based only on their skin color. It can be even more difficult when the racist is your own father.
Like any teenage girl, Anna Hayes was just looking to have fun — by taking a guy to prom. Unfortunately, her father had a problem with this, and all because the guy, Phillip Freeman, was black. His disapproval didn’t end there — Hayes’ dad went on a racist tirade you’d expect out of 1817, not 2017.
Just supposed to be a fun night
Hayes grew up knowing that her father was a racist. He was an open racist for as long as she knew. After he and her mother divorced, Anna didn’t spend much time with him.
Her father was unafraid to tell her what he thought about her dating a black man. “He has told me that if I ever dated a black guy that I will and would be dead to him,” Hayes told Buzzfeed News. “I stood my ground for what I believe in. He has called me several horrible things before.”
Even so, Hayes decided to put herself first and invite her friend Phillip Freeman to prom.
The Horrific Texts
When Hayes’s father opens the conversation with “We are done,” you know it’s about to go downhill.
Her father goes on a racist tirade, threatening not to go to his own daughter’s graduation simply because she took a black man to prom.
What’s more is that when Hayes points out the obvious, saying “racist much,” her father agrees, outwardly showing his racism by saying “Yes I am.” He then goes to tell her she is dead to him, a heartbreaking statement from any father.
Heartbreaking Statements from Hayes’s Father
If you thought it couldn’t get worse, it does.
The simple act of taking a black man to prom, in the eyes of Hayes’s father, was enough to completely disown her.
He threatens to cut off funding for her phone and her insurance, and says he will take her pictures off of his walls. In this horrifying and tragic display of unabashed racism, it is clear that Hayes hates black people even more than he loves his daughter. Regardless of how her father is, it would be incredibly difficult for any daughter to read this kind of hatred from her own father.