Latina outs Alabama student who carried a “Put the Panic in Hispanic” sign at a high school pep rally

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Screenshot: Jennifer Lopez Facebook

On the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, Harley Powell went to her high school in Alabama with a sign that read “Put the Panic back in Hispanic.”  It doesn’t appear anyone at Robertsdale High School told Powell to put down the sign.

Jennifer Lopez Vasquez was angry and wasn’t going to let Powell get away with it. She let the world know on Facebook. Here is her post.

 

This happened yesterday at our school pep rally. They know it’s Hispanic Month. That’s very disrespectful in so my ways. But it’s funny to think that our school thinks it ” OKAY ” this is Honestly what white trash looks like

 

Jennifer’s post on social media went viral and also got the attention of the local television stations. Powell took down her Instagram account, her family hired a lawyer. He told NBC 15 “This is a kind of sophomoric joke that’s kind of just gotten out of control.”

The attorney released a statement in Powell’s  behalf where where she claimed her “right to speech” and also that she has Hispanics in her family.

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Powell Statement: FB Screenshot

 

NBC 15 story: Robertsdale pep rally sign causes controversy

As I write this blog, the school is still trying to decide what if anything will happen to the high school girl. Powell may learn from this mistake but it doesn’t appear she even realizes the magnitude of her actions.

We are proud of Jennifer Lopez Vasquez for having the courage to let us know about this teenager’s disrespect of Hispanics. This is how we make a difference. We speak up. Silence is never an option.

Thank you Jennifer!

Author: Wiselatinaslinked

I'm Rebecca Aguilar the founder of Wise Latinas Linked on Facebook and Linkedin.com. We're a networking group with a combined membership of more than 9,000 Latinas. We share everything from challenges to successes in our lives. We also confront issues of racism, stereotypes, and inequality. Latinas matter.