Some severely repressed moron in Missouri is refusing to allow one of his students to wear a kilt to the prom. He claims that it’s his job to make sure that the boys “learn how to dress like men”. My loathing and disgust for this idiot know no bounds. What I’d like to do is ride my Harley to his doorstep in a kilt and kick his ass. What I did do was send the following letter to him and his school board. If you want to send one you can. His contact info is available on the following link: http://markisutherland.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/st-louis-area-high-school-discriminates-against-scottish-culture/ In the meantime, Vayo con Dios and Viva la Revolucion.
Dear Principal Greenwald,
I have recently been made aware of your decision to ban a young man from wearing a kilt at a formal school function. I expect you might be receiving a number of complaints so I’d like to simply offer three opinions. I hope they help broaden your rather narrow world view.
First, on a social level, your comments about “dressing like a man” are frankly dismaying. In this country there is a long and respected tradition of burying both police and firefighter casualties with a pipe band honor guard. I cannot imagine a more formal occasion than the funeral of a fallen first responder, killed in the service of their community and buried by their brethren. Are you implying that these everyday heroes are sending their beloved comrade to eternity while playing little girl dress up?
On an educational level your decision is equally saddening. Growing and learning are necessarily linked to the broadening of one’s world view. We all know that children learn most deeply by modeling so how can you hope to educate if your actions provide such a poor example? I spent many years working with severely abused children and understand a little bit about the struggles of outsiders to learn. I can only imagine how uncomfortable it must be for the members of your community who are genuinely different if the wearing of a respected, traditional garment is too much for your tolerance.
Lastly, I must mention my own personal disgust. I frequently wear a kilt, unless of course I’m on my Harley or teaching martial arts or weight training. I have no doubt that, by your own traditional definition, I am more man than you are ever likely to be. I hope you will reconsider your decision and apologize. Not to me, but to the members of your community and any others that might have been hurt by your poor understanding of the world you live in.