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On Prom Night, They’re Gonna Party Like It’s 1959

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?

Comments

  1. Trebuchet says

    The story, as written, is really confusing. It starts by saying they have a white prom and an integrated prom but then goes on to say they’ve never had an integrated prom. And the blog post repeats that.

    Wouldn’t you love to see a gay white couple show up at the white prom?

  2. mandyjane says

    The school should step in and do the right thing by sponsoring an integrated prom itself, and not allow advertisements for the racist prom on campus. They can’t stop them from having a separate prom, but they don’t have to endorse it. I won’t hold my breath, though.

  3. says

    In one Macon, Georgia-area school district, they still have separate proms, one for white kids and one that is integrated.

    Pah! Talk about Affirmative Action in action! There’s a real prom and there’s one that’s a just another Big Government “entitlement” for “oppressed” minorities (thanks, LiberalActivistJudges!) that Real Americans are forced to “share”? Again, pah!

  4. carlie says

    The story, as written, is really confusing. It starts by saying they have a white prom and an integrated prom but then goes on to say they’ve never had an integrated prom.

    My guess is that the person making the first quote about having two proms managed to stop themselves short of saying “and a black prom” and “integrated” was the only word that came to mind. Either that or the second prom was always supposed to be integrated but no white kids ever went, and the new group is trying to make one that actually is integrated.

  5. Didaktylos says

    The only way the integrated prom will work is if anybody who ever attended the apartheid prom becomes a pariah.

  6. says

    Makes me wish I had Koch-broz $-levels. It’d be fun to drop pi$ on the non-apartheid prom, provide expensive champagne and limos and get some world-class acts to come perform. Empty the other prom out.

  7. says

    @Trebuchet

    I think the key is Ed’s clarification at the bottom. The first line which says the school has never had an integrated prom is correct, because it doesn’t sponsor any proms at all (now – I’d be willing to bet that it sponsored white proms in the past). So the student’s line about there being two proms is talking about the parent-sponsored proms.

    Still confusing, though. Whoever wrote that story should be ashamed.

  8. says

    There are other towns still doing this, but they’re not racists. It’s just that the black and the white are more comfortable with separate proms. It’s natural. And naturally, the white prom-goers are Republicans who know that Obama’s birth certificate is fake.

  9. abb3w says

    @6, Didaktylos:

    The only way the integrated prom will work is if anybody who ever attended the apartheid prom becomes a pariah.

    And calling the segregated proms “apartheid proms” might help. But it also might help if someone put up a website on the internet, and posted the name and photo of every student who attends one.

    Sure, there will be a some kids with no plans to go off to college and the wider world, who’ll never leave the county to be bothered by the reactions of anyone else. But that’s unlikely to include the class president, the captain of the football team, or other influential student leadership figures. And some of them may be smart enough to think of the long term impact to their reputation.

  10. kantalope says

    I think y’all are being a little unfair to the Apartheid prom parents. The ‘Whitey Prom’ is not racist, it is simply Traditionally Southern. Just like the War Between the States was about states rights and other high phalootin ideals. I, for one, hope they also reinstall the totally not racist, merely traditional, ‘Whites Only’ signs on the bathrooms and drinking fountains.

    Now I have heard some Yankees (ptah) complain that the only Southern Tradition that Southerners really care about is racism and that is totally not true — Southerners also are traditionally concerned about guns and how guns keep the races in line! I believe that the theme for this year’s ‘Klan Prom’ is ‘Pistols and Lynchins'; the traditional colors of White and White are always a fashion statement.

  11. says

    That was the case just last year as a biracial student was turned away by police.

    Okay, I get how they can (barely) get away with this because the prom is privately funded. But how could they possibly get around the law when they have the police involved? Doesn’t that trip up some clause of the Civil Rights act? I wouldn’t have thought that it would be legal for the police to enforce segregation regardless of whether it’s a public or private event.

  12. lofgren says

    But how could they possibly get around the law when they have the police involved?

    Aren’t the police responsible for removing uninvited trespassers from ANY private function? I wouldn’t want to have a private party celebrating a gay wedding that got crashed by fundies, and have the cops show up only to tell me that there’s nothing they can do because it would be violating the fundies’ religious liberties.

  13. Larry says

    I bet that high school, along with all the no-niggers-allowed-at-the-prom-supporting cracker parents, do loves them black football and basketball players, though. They wouldn’t think of segregating the Fightin’ Lyncher teams.

    Assholes.

  14. Childermass says

    abb3w @ 11:

    And calling the segregated proms “apartheid proms” might help.

    Do they know what the word apartheid even means?

    Folks might want to check out the 2009 movie Prom Night in Mississippi that deals with much the same crap.

  15. dean says

    The story, as written, is really confusing. It starts by saying they have a white prom and an integrated prom but then goes on to say they’ve never had an integrated prom. And the blog post repeats that.

    I heard an interview with one of the young women who is working towards having one prom. She described the two proms as being “for the white kids” and the other for “all the kids who are African American and other races”, so I would assume “integrated” means “anyone who isn’t viewed as lilly white”.

  16. matty1 says

    I don’t see the integrated prom thing as confusing. It clearly means there is one prom only white people can go to and one anyone could go to but white people don’t.

  17. says

    This sort of thing would not be allowed in the UK.

    Just because a function is private, doesn’t mean you can impose a colour bar.

  18. says

    The school district has never sponsored or publically supported any prom (according to them).
    The group of students who started this ruckus also started a facebook page that is already up to 20k fans In support:
    http://www.facebook.com/IntegratedProm2013
    The media pressure has reached a point where the school district has released a statement saying that they fully support the actions by students who are “ruckusing” and want an integrated and equal prom and will support efforts to establish a sponsored one. They also condemn the racist actions of the locals who hold the segregated proms and have never supported them.

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