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Mon Apr 8, 2013, 07:15 AM

Georgia high school students fight to end segregated prom

Wilcox County High School has two proms: one for white students and one for non-white students

Four girls in Rochelle, Ga. are fighting to do in their hometown what the Civil Rights Act was meant to do for all of America in 1964: end segregation.

WSAV in Georgia reports that Wilcox County High School holds two proms for its students: a whites-only prom, and an integrated prom. WSAV notes that the school has never had a fully inclusive prom in its history.

Best friends Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, Quanesha Wallace and Keela Bloodworth are trying to change that. “We are all friends,” said Sinnot. “That’s just kind of not right that we can’t go to prom together.”

If any non-white person tried to attend the whites-only prom, “They would probably have the police come out there and escort them off the premises,” said Bloodworth. According to WSAV, this was the case in 2012 when a biracial student who tried to attend the dance was “turned away by police.”

http://www.salon.com/2013/04/04/georgia_high_school_students_fight_for_first_ever_integrated_prom/

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Reply Georgia high school students fight to end segregated prom (Original post)
liberal N proud Apr 2013 OP
Happyhippychick Apr 2013 #1
liberal N proud Apr 2013 #2
cordelia Apr 2013 #5
liberal N proud Apr 2013 #6
Happyhippychick Apr 2013 #7
Ilsa Apr 2013 #3
In_The_Wind Apr 2013 #4
ProgressiveProfessor Apr 2013 #8
MineralMan Apr 2013 #10
liberal N proud Apr 2013 #11
MineralMan Apr 2013 #9

Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 07:17 AM

1. Am I really reading this in 2013?

Disgusting that this exists, good for those brave girls!

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Response to Happyhippychick (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 07:20 AM

2. The south is still the south after all these years.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 07:58 AM

5. South bashing! Haven't seen that in oh, 45 or 50 seconds!

Thanks so much!

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Response to cordelia (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 08:05 AM

6. The south was segregated and evidently, still is in some parts.

I love traveling the south, southern hospitality is great, but evidently it still eludes some. That is my point!

If the shoe don't fit, you don't need to put it on!

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Response to cordelia (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 08:06 AM

7. It's just general bashing but your offendedness is duly noted.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 07:22 AM

3. Between Atlanta and state line with Florida.

I guess the teachers don't want to accept that the kids like a lot of the same music.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 07:46 AM

4. I am ashamed to admit that I was born and grew up in Georgia!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 09:56 AM

8. There have been 6 or more prior threads on this

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 10:20 AM

10. And there will probably be more. Your point?

Duplicate threads are not disallowed in GD. If there are too many for you, you can simply not click on the extra ones, I'd think.

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 10:49 AM

11. Don't usually post a thread if one exist already

But I am not going to search through all of DU to see if one has been posted. If it was recent and is active, it will show up near the top of the Forum and then I would not post a new one.

I saw no such thread and thought this would make a good topic of conversation on DU and felt it should be shared.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 10:19 AM

9. That such a thing should be necessary speaks loudly

about the state of things in much of Georgia. While Atlanta is reasonably open, much of Georgia is not. No high school student should have to militate for an integrated prom in 2013. It's inconceivable to me that such a thing is still necessary anywhere in the US.

Very depressing.

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