Reading this story will make you check your calendar to make sure it really is 2013. In one Macon, Georgia-area school district, they still have separate proms, one for white kids and one that is integrated. And a group of students at the school is trying to change that.
Stephanie and Keela are white and Mareshia and Quanesha are black. They’re seniors at Wilcox County High School, a school that has never held an integrated prom during its existence.
“There’s a white prom and there’s an integrated prom,” said Keela.
The rule is strictly enforced, any race other than Caucasian wouldn’t dare to attend the white prom.
“They would probably have the police come out there and escort them off the premises,” said Keela.
That was the case just last year as a biracial student was turned away by police. It’s been that way for as long as anyone can remember and it doesn’t stop at prom. Homecoming is also segregated. Normally, there would be a court for each race, but for the first time the school decided to elect only one homecoming court, Quanesha won. But there were still two separate dances.
One would hope that this would be a no-brainer in this day and age, but apparently not:
They’re part of a group of students organizing a prom for everyone to attend, called the “Integrated Prom”, but everyone is not fond of the idea.
“I put up posters for the “Integrated Prom” and we’ve had people ripping them down at the school,” said Keela.
The group says they will continue to make progress even though there doesn’t seem to be much motivation to change.
Neither of the proms is school-sponsored, they are privately funded by parents, which is the only reason they’re legal at all. But seriously, isn’t it time to end this racist bullshit?
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