Just A Little Bit Dramatic


I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve told all you white kids to stop saying nigga, but now I’m back- so no worries. Today I want to delve into something a little different. That something being the disturbingly shallow pool of totally uninteresting and unnecessary high school drama in which we submerge ourselves into on a daily basis. I don’t know if it’s like this in other places, but PHS drama is so monotonous that it’s literally embarrassing to talk about it with kids from other schools. I kid you not, the things people get bent out of shape over are ridiculous.

Now before I begin, I want to make it clear that I realize all pain is relative. But the things going down in the halls of Princeton High School aren’t painful, at least not in the way one might think. They’re painful to listen to, but they’re not painful to go through. And so, when I say that people should really stop caring so much about who’s done what, when, where, why and how, and pay more attention to the news, I say that with full recognition that some of the things people are going through are not trivial, and do require attention, energy and focus. The rest of you- yes, those with issues as fake as your friends, I’m talking to (and about) you, so listen up.

Another caveat: you may be thinking, “But Jamaica, you capitalize off of this stuff. It’s why we all read your blog!” To that I say : yeah no duh I capitalize off of it. How else am I supposed to make sure you read the articles about gender bias and racial inequality just as attentively as you read those which paint scenes of drunken debauchery, starring your friends and classmates? Hmm, how do you suppose I do that? Gotta keep em’ interested. The fact is, you’re here for the same reason as everyone else, to get your fill on the dumb drama of PHS. But I guess I’m just as bad as you, for serving it up on a silver freakin’ platter.

Anyway, on to my point. What I want to say is that people need to stop getting so upset about the silliest things. For example: The whole “She stole my hand made prom dress,” crap is ridiculous. It’s a dress, get over it. Or the entire “I didn’t hook up with that girl’s boyfriend, blah, blah, blah,” is antiquated. How many times do you think we’ve heard that one? Here’s a hint: too many. Even worse is the “He/She can’t come to that person’s party! They have no right!” Are you kidding me? That’s what your worried about? Who’s allowed to come to a party? In a house that isn’t yours?

It’s one thing to get upset about something and complain to your friends about it, but jesus, everyone wants to make it a spectacle. Like okay, we get it. Yesterday, this all didn’t bother me nearly as much as it does right now. I think that’s because today I had to deal with like a month’s worth of dumb drama. And to set the record straight: Justin didn’t do it (You’re welcome). It’s one thing to watch it all go down, or to read the texts off of someone else’s phone, but to put up with it myself…tsk tsk tsk. No good.

In all honesty, I know that everyone is aware of how silly all of these problems are. I mean, it’s hard to miss the ridiculousness once someone’s actually articulated the drama. Hearing it out loud really proves how crazy it is. But we live off of it. It keeps the small world of PHS turning. Sad, but it’s the truth. Normally I’d close with a suggestion on how to change it, or make the situation better. But here, there is nothing to do. You take away the petty fights and texting wars and kids might start doing some really harmful stuff. It’s a part of high school that isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. And if you don’t like it, well then that’s just too damn bad.

Until next time,




4 thoughts on “Just A Little Bit Dramatic

  1. Hello
    After coming across an article about the drink game( i think it a distasteful game), i looked into who published and why. I came this page and after spending a couple hours reading your material i decieded to write this to tell you that you are very critical of other prople and there views , and you are most definitely seeking attention with your posts. I think your need for attention made this story way bigger, if it offended you so much you could of contacted the school or something along those lines. Your tactics of exposing these KIDS and getting attention drawn to yourself is wrong. Their lifes will not be the same any time soon. There are better, more civil ways of dealing with things
    Good day


  2. Hello. I also came across your blog after reading about the drinking game. Unlike B.R. Smith, I think you’re a hero for speaking out when no one else did and don’t ever let self righteous strangers who see more fault in calling out prejudice than in acting out in prejudiced ways tell you otherwise. Being critical of views that oppress others is not a bad thing.


  3. I found your column about the anti-semetic drinking game to be thoughtful, clear and insightful. I hope it is used in Princeton and high schools everywhere as a vehicle for more serious discussion about racism. For the NY Times or others to highlight the petty “civil war”that the column fomented misses the point entirely. Racial games as a basis for social interaction today become racial bias in hiring, housing, and health care tomorrow. Keep writing, Jamaica Ponder!


  4. I also stumbled across this blog because of the drinking game and have found your posts now to be very hypocritical. You talk in this article negatively about people wanting to create a spectacle, yet your decision to publicize the drinking game has turned the situation into the biggest possible spectacle. You also wrote an entire post complaining about narcissism yet it is clear that you posted the drinking game comment not for calling out bigotry, but so you could gain attention as someone who advocates for ‘social justice’ which is ridiculous in this case by itself because of the stupidity of the game, not offensiveness. I am Jewish myself and was offended by the game, but publicizing it in this fashion is possible one of the worst actions I have ever seen disguised as positive, all for your attention seeking and in the name of political correctness. These kids have their reputations permanently tainted, and their college situations possibly messed up, and it’s all because of your decision to write that blog. They now have half the country calling them antisemetic and racist which is incredibly unfair.


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