Georgia teens fight against segregated prom
High school prom is a time to kick back, dance and have fun with your friends – all of your friends, no matter race, ethnicity or skin color. It is 2013, after all.
Black and white students at Wilcox County High School in south Georgia are not allowed to attend the same prom, though, and a mixed-race group of friends is not happy about it.
“We’re embarrassed, it’s embarrassing, yeah it’s kind of embarrassing,” said Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, Quanesha Wallace and Kella Bloodworth to WSFA. “We’re all friends, that’s just kind of not right that we can’t go to prom together.”
It’s more than just “not right.” Let us remind you that Brown v. Board of Education ruled segregation unconstitutional in 1954.
The catch is, the prom isn’t financed by or hosted at the school, they’re sponsored by the students and parents. The administration says there is nothing it can do about it.
“When people around here are set in their ways, they are not too adamant to change,” Rucker said. That’s why they’re taking charge. “If we don’t change it, nobody else will,” Bloodworth said.
The homecoming dance is also segregated. This past school year the prom king was a while teen. The prom queen was black. They were at separate proms and had to take individual photos.
The friends are organizing a prom everyone can attend on April 27.
“We live in rural south Georgia, where not too many things change. Well, as a group of adamant high school seniors, we want to make difference in our community. For the first time in the history of our county, we plan to have an integrated prom,” the friends write on the prom’s Facebook page.
Not everyone is supporting the mixed race prom, though.
“I actually put up posters for the integrated prom and we’ve had people ripping them down at the school,” Bloodworth said.
Click here if you want to help these kids have a fun, non-racist prom.
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