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May 06, 2013

A brief article about the recent controversy over a debate to integrate a Georgian highschool's senior prom.

In recent weeks, a high school in south Georgia , has come under fire in the media after students of the school brought to light a disturbing issue. These concerned students are petitioning to have the first non-segregated prom in their schools history. A widely growing quote by the student body, “We’re embarrassed, it’s embarrassing, yeah its kind of embarrassing” showcases not only the students frustration with this archaic practice, but raises a question to the administration. How is it that in the year 2013, almost 60 years after the famous Brown v. Board case that sought to eliminate such discrimination in schools, can the faculty defend such actions.

            When asked by our interviewer to defend why this demeaning practice has continued for so long, one Caucasian teacher, who asked to stay anonymous, had this to say:


“The (black) dances are just more fun. It’s the only dance where we actually get to enjoy ourselves. We don’t want a bunch of white kids ruining it for us.”


            When we asked him to elaborate, he continued to express his discontent with the current state of the white dances.


“Seriously I can’t stand them (white proms.) They can’t dance, they’re usually sober, and the music, my God. Have you ever seen a group of 200 girls try to act sexy to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble”, fall in love during her “Love Story”, and then go into a crying fit when they play “We are Never Getting Back Together”? . We just get embarrassed, its embarrassing, yeah it’s kind of embarrassing.”


            Though these students have gained the support of millions across the country, there are still those who remain opposed to the idea of integration. One African American remains staunch in his position with this:


            “Thinking back on it, prom was the greatest night of my life. It was that night I learned who I was. I met my wife of 23 loving years there. Those people (white kids) have been ruining things since the beginning of time. Can we really allow them to ruin one of the most quintessential high school experiences too?”


            The vote to abolish this statute will take place this week, and the whole world waits in anticipation to hear the verdict. Will the Board of Trustees refuse to shift on the issue, or will they doom everyone to singular prom clutched in the lifeless grip of One Direction fueled powwows of mascara smeared white girls.