May 102013
 
GAProm

The Four Amigas.
Well done!

WOMEN POWER AIMS TO BRING STATE OF GEORGIA

OUT OF THE MEDIEVAL ERA——-and THEY DID.  (UPDATE BELOW)

There are graduating students at Wilcox County High School in Georgia (USA) that will be once again having separate proms.   If this was 1963 instead of 2013, it would be in keeping with the segregation laws of the state.  Yes there is a prom for the whites and a separate prom for the black student graduates.

Four female students decided to bring this outmoded and racist situation to the forefront.  Last year, apparently a bi-racial student was turned away at the ‘white’ prom by a police officer.

The four students (two white and two black or Afro American) decided to approach the school who refused to integrate.  The students and parent backing decided that the ‘whites only’ prom would anyway, but decided to raise money for a separate racially-integrated prom (as the school’s dance events are not funded by the school itself, but by parental organizations).

But, the school is integrated, right?  Well, no!  A  Columbia University journalist reported that the high school has “unwritten laws of segregation.”  White students sit in the back during class, while black students sit at the front.  White girls who date black males are at the risk of being ostracized and bullied.  How prevalent this is was not reported in the research I did.

The four brave girls contacted the Republican Governor Deal, who rebuked the reques to integrate proms as resulting from “a leftist front group for the state Democratic party.  As for the four girls themselves, the Governor called their efforts a “silly publicity stunt.”

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The Power of love triumphed over
outdated racism and outmoded “traditiion.”

HAPPY ENDING:  Money came pouring in over the internet to allow those students who wished to host an integrated prom.  (Again, the school does not fund proms).

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