'Prom Night In Mississippi' & The Myt...

'Prom Night In Mississippi' & The Myth Of Post-Racial America

There are 9 comments on the Ypulse story from Jul 27, 2009, titled 'Prom Night In Mississippi' & The Myth Of Post-Racial America. In it, Ypulse reports that:

This week I watched the HBO documentary "Prom Night In Mississippi" - and was struck by the contrast between what happened in Charleston, Mississippi, in 2008, and this notion that we are living in some sort of post-racial society.

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Houma, LA

#1 Aug 8, 2009
After watching 'Prom Night in Mississippi' I was in shock. I could not believe how these kids had grown up. I'm a 23 year old white-hawaiian and I was raised to be open minded and to give anyone a chance no matter what race or religion. I'm having diffucltly understanding the reasons of why the town is still so segregated. I would love to go and help the kids fight for what they believe in. Thankfully Morgan Freeman helped the teenagers make their own decision. If it wasnt for him we still would not know about this lil town in Mississippi. Once these kids step outside of town and go to college it will be hard for them to adjust to people not judging them. Here in Houma we all mix together, white, black, indian, asians and mexicans. If I can help this town come to reality please let me know.
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#2 Aug 12, 2009
I watched the documentary. At first I was thinking that its a small backwards town and as much as we may disagree with it. We shouldn't impose our values onto others.

But as I watched. I saw that more, and more of the kids did want to go to a mix prom, and others did not. These kids have been together since they were 5 years old. The same class. Why should they go to different proms.

Personally, the fear people of a Black men and White women grinding on each other is ridiculous. Everyone had a great time. I hope the prom continues to happen.
Bayou Roads

Miami, FL

#3 Sep 26, 2009
I'll have to agree. What a shock! But I feel that the integrated prom should be fedarally funded wheras the all white or all black proms should remain if privately funded. That way there is a balance for those who mix and those who don't ;}

BTW...the music was ALL black. I think they should have integrated music genre as well but since Freeman funded it...
keeping it real

United States

#4 Sep 27, 2009
People do need to understand when they watch this film that everybody in this town is not racist. There are a few that are - as there are everywhere - but the racism is by both races. There are as many black people that don't want to hang around white people as the other way around. In fact, these days, I believe it has shifted to be more racist from blacks towards whites. It is sad that racism still exists, but keep an open mind and realize that sometimes it's a two way street - not just ignorant white people. There's just as many ignorant black people who feel the same way. One day it would be nice to not see color and just see people, but at this point, that's just not the case all the time - not by either race. AND there are also many white people and black people around the town who are friends with and help out people of any color. Outsiders always look for the bad in people, but this little town also has a whole lot of good people, too. Too bad you didn't get to see that in the movie.

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#5 Nov 30, 2009
oh yeah, America has a long way to go. i have never seen a society to so obsessed with race

Alliston, Canada

#6 Apr 22, 2010
For God's sake, this was filmed in 2008. My jaw was literally on the floor when I saw this because I was shocked to know that race was still such a huge issue down south in the States. I mean really, skin colour shouldn't mean anything. I don't care if you're white, black, hispanic whatever, racism should not be tolerated. At all. Have we all forgotten what Martin Luther King was fighting for his entire life? It's disgusting really, that people are still so obsessed with race that they cannot possibly have a mixed prom with other students of different races. I'm so glad I live in a multicultural society, and this would never ever ever happen anytime. Hopefully this town in Mississippi will learn to be open minded and understand that racism should not be a part of their lives anymore.

Jersey City, NJ

#7 Apr 27, 2010
I saw this documentary too and was surprised at some of the racial attitudes that these people still have. I had to make sure it wasn't 1957 all over again.

United States

#8 May 12, 2010
You can find idiots in any town. The town is a very peaceful town and this film does not correctly depict how the majority of the people in town feel. I guarantee you that you can find racist people in the town you are from if you look for them. There are so many different social organizations that are working together - black and white - in Charleston to try to take away this image that has been made around the world by one of their own - Morgan Freeman. He knows that the whole town does not share the views of a few, but he chose to damage his hometown by putting out this film. And the sad thing is that his poor wife - ex-wife - works hard side by side everyday with whites and blacks alike to try to change the image he has put out there for Charleston. Send the interviewers back to the town. I can promise you that you will find way more people in the town who work together and help each other out that what you saw in that film. Like I said, you can find idiots in any town if you look hard enough for them. Of course, it doesn't make for as good a story to do that.

United States

#9 Mar 23, 2012
Look I am not from there but I have dated an extremely racist person from there for the pasr 22 years. The white people in that town are for the most part racist. It is bred into them. They hate black people but the town is predominantly black. I dont understand why they want to fight the inevitable. It is called inter racial dating. It is happening all over. I have told XX that if he hates black people so much, leave a predominantly black town. I just dont understand the mentality. I am not racist. Racist people discust me because they judge people by skin color. I refuse to live down there for that very reason, its not the black people that bother me, its the white people.

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