Alex Blaze

First integrated prom for southern Georgia high school

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 26, 2007 3:21 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: integration, prom, racism

No joke, a high school in southern Georgia is having an integrated prom for the first time this year. From CNN:

Students of Turner County High School started what they hope will become a new tradition: Black and white students attended the prom together for the first time on Saturday.[...]

Adkinson's sister, Mindy Bryan, attended a segregated prom in 2001.

"There was not anybody that I can remember that was black," she said. "The white people have theirs, and the black people have theirs. It's nothing racial at all."

To be fair, this is the first prom that the school is hosting. The previous segregated ones were all run by parents. And the parents of some of the white students aren't too happy with the change:
The "white prom" still went on last week.

"We did everything like a regular prom just because we had already booked it," said, Cheryl Nichols, 18, who attended the dance.

Nichole Royal, 18, said black students could have gone to the prom, but didn't.

"I guess they feel like they're not welcome," she said.

Wonder why. Funny how the Black students were able to get their deposit back....

Of course, some people think that this is only the first step towards solving a deeper problem (What? Racism still exists in America?):

"That is so fake. There is nothing real about that," she said.

"That's just like you're cooking a half-baked cake, putting the icing on it, and when you cut the cake, the cake ain't no good. That's how this prom is," she said.

McKellar said the prom was a good step, but more needs to be done.

"There is a time and season for all things, and right now it's time for Turner County to make a change."

(h/t Feministing)

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