Bringing Georgia back from the dark ages since 2013, a group of teens at Wilcox County High School have launched an effort to hold the school’s first integrated prom.
Shockingly, it was after the high school became integrated thirty years ago that the school held its first segregated proms. Student Keela Bloodworth has stated:
“It’s embarrassing to know that I’m from the county that still does this.”
So the teen decided to take matters into her own hands. Bloodworth and three of her friends have begun the effort to hold the school’s first ever integrated prom. However, the task is proving to be difficult to accomplish, even in this day and age. Bloodworth elaborates:
“I actually put up posters for the integrated prom and we’ve had people ripping them down at the school.”
On top of that, the separate dances are privately funded by parents and students, so the group has to come up with the money themselves.
While the school has no official stance on the matter, it did state that there should be only one homecoming king and queen this year. The gesture though, was overshadowed by the fact that the white king and black queen were not allowed to take joint photographs for the yearbook or attend the other’s prom. City Councilman Wayne McGuinty stated:
“I think it’s more of the personal opinions of those involved. I don’t think there is an effort made to keep black kids out of the white prom and to keep white kids out of the black prom.”
Which is a bald faced lie considering that last year a biracial student tried to attend the white prom and the police were called to turn them away. In the meantime, Councilman McGuinty was recanting the tale of when the school had three proms, because they couldn’t decide on a live band or a DJ.
So there were two white proms that year.
It’s nice to know that the elected councilman likes to reflect fondly on his racist past.
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