Georgia High School hosts segregated proms

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Oliver Canterberry

New Albany, OH

#1 Apr 4, 2013
Four teenage girls in Rochelle, Georgia, are raising money to hold their school's first ever integrated prom.

The school currently hosts one white prom and a separate prom for non-white students. The school doesn't sponsor the proms, which are sponsored by the local community.

If a black student showed up at the white prom, he or she would be asked to leave, student Ethan Roundtree told 41NBC. Last year police refused to let a biracial student enter one of the proms.

"We are all friends. That's just kind of not right that we can't go to prom together," said student Keela Bloodworth, one of the four girls hoping to organize the integrated prom.

Unfortunately not everyone favors the plan. Some of the posters the girls made for their prom "were ripped to the ground," KVUE reports.

The school has said it supports the integrated prom, but it won't ban the segregated proms.

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#2 Apr 5, 2013
Oliver Canterberry wrote:
Four teenage girls in Rochelle, Georgia, are raising money to hold their school's first ever integrated prom.
The school currently hosts one white prom and a separate prom for non-white students. The school doesn't sponsor the proms, which are sponsored by the local community.
If a black student showed up at the white prom, he or she would be asked to leave, student Ethan Roundtree told 41NBC. Last year police refused to let a biracial student enter one of the proms.
"We are all friends. That's just kind of not right that we can't go to prom together," said student Keela Bloodworth, one of the four girls hoping to organize the integrated prom.
Unfortunately not everyone favors the plan. Some of the posters the girls made for their prom "were ripped to the ground," KVUE reports.
The school has said it supports the integrated prom, but it won't ban the segregated proms.


Stories like this come up every year about this time.

Just a reminder that we still have issues to deal with in this country.

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Since: Dec 10

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#3 Apr 5, 2013
Reader, you are so right! Whether it is color or sexual orientation, it all falls back to the sponsors and the parents!
They can easily show their solidarity in a number of different ways without violence. Hold a prom in a city park where ALL are invited, sit out the sanctioned prom by getting dressed up and not going in, and/or picket line. Choices are there. It is a matter of follow thru.
Oliver Canterberry

New Albany, OH

#4 Apr 5, 2013
FKA Reader wrote:
<quoted text>
Stories like this come up every year about this time.
Just a reminder that we still have issues to deal with in this country.
The school has said it supports the integrated prom, but it won't ban the segregated proms.

Different strokes for different folks, everybody wins.

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#5 Apr 5, 2013
Oliver Canterberry wrote:
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The school has said it supports the integrated prom, but it won't ban the segregated proms.
Different strokes for different folks, everybody wins.
Sorry, Cranberry. Nobody "wins" by furthering the racism implicit in the segregated proms.

It sounds like the segregated proms are non-school sponsored, so the school may not be able to ban them. But, the fact that they continue is not evidence that "everybody wins."

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