You would think that by now, in 2013, integration wasn’t even a term that’s used because, well, we should all be mingling together, no matter how much pigment is in our skin. Students from Georgia’s Wilcox County high school had their first integrated prom, ever. Students were beyond excited that they were able to dance together in harmony. One White student told a local NBC news channel, “I feel like we are living Martin Luther King’s dream,” as she gushed about being able to attend the prom this past weekend with her Black boyfriend.
As a southern woman, I am confused. I went to my junior and senior prom in 2001 and 2002 and both years, we were never plagued with this type of racial issue. I can’t figure out why this Georgia high school holds on to skewed values of the past. It’s been reported that proms have been segregate in Wilcox County since the 70’s. Parent even helped students raise money for the separate proms, often referring to them as the “Black Prom” and “White Prom.” Many students claim that everyone was welcome at “Black Prom,” but students often kept things segregated.
CBS Atlanta is reporting that the “White Prom” still happened this year, although it was never confirmed as such. Reports say there were no students of color in attendance.
Traditions are like habits, it’s tough to break and this Georgia high school has made major moves in correcting their racial tension. While it may never fully disappear, it’s good to know there are people who are looking for integration.
What do you think about this high school hosting their first integrated prom?
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