April 29, 2013 by Kira Lyn Blue
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not always up on current events. So, when I spotted a certain headline last night, it took me a long time to realize that I was not being pranked by The Onion.
In this ABC News article, I learned that there are still rural schools that hold racially segregated proms. Actually, let me clarify that. The schools are not holding the proms, the segregated proms have been privately held, invitation only events since 1971.
This is 2013, right? Right??? This can’t be real!
You know, I did not intend my blog to be a place to discuss social issues, but this is just… I can’t speak because I feel nauseous at having discovered just how deep racial prejudice still runs in this nation. So, I post this today in hopes of raising awareness.
On the positive side of things, look at what these students have accomplished! They went against small town tradition and used a campaign on Facebook to raise money so they could hold their own integrated prom outside of the segregated one (that was still held.)
To the students of WCHS in Rochelle, GA, congratulations on making your integrated prom happen!