I got this email saying that my freshman yearbook was available online now. Having not perused it in ages I clicked the link. The first thing I discovered was that this was someone’s personal yearbook. I know this because it has a bunch of signatures on the inside. So if you order a reprint (which they do offer) you will get a reprint of this guy’s yearbook including all of the pages of dedications he got from his friends. Okay, no biggie I guess, if you feel that someone else’s yearbook is better than no yearbook at all.
But then I discovered something truly awful. Whoever owned this yearbook apparently didn’t like some people and recorded this in the year book. One picture of a student was crossed out, had devil horns and a tail drawn on it, and an offensive slur written over the student’s shirt. Like this:
I’ve chosen not to post the picture to protect everyone’s privacy and because of the nature of the word written on the guy’s chest.
So what I want to know is:
A. Why would you even offer your yearbook to this project knowing that you wrote this kind of stuff inside it?
B. If you were in the business of scanning yearbooks why would you accept a yearbook that has this offensive stuff in it?
C. And aren’t you planning on contacting every alum from this school? Including the people who had their pictures defaced? Why would you subject them to that even if it was a long time ago? (By the way, this guy? Hated your guts.)
So why bring it up here? On the blog? Well, I wanted to inform classmates.com that they are putting out offensive material, but when I clicked on this:
I got this:
And when I clicked this:
I got it again.
So I’m writing about it here in the hopes that word will get back to them somehow. ( I know it’s a pretty roundabout way, but that’s the only way I’ve got.)
I admit that when I was younger I used words that I would never use today. I have no idea what I might have written in my own yearbook back then. But if it was offensive or hateful I’d be EMBARRASSED about it. I just wish classmates.com would be more sensitive to this kind of thing.
By the way the picture in question isn’t mine. I swear. This is mine.
And before I stopped perusing I did come across this picture of me in Arsenic and Old Lace.