Segregated Prom

Interesting (and timely) story about a segregated Prom in Georgia (yes, in 2013).  Since it’s hosted by parents, it doesn’t violate the Constitution.  So should we be concerned or should we allow local traditions to continue without interference?  And one wants to bring about change, how does one do that in this case?

13 responses to “Segregated Prom”

  1. akhilp7 says :

    Having a segregation issue almost 50 years after the civil rights act was passed is pretty ridiculous. This is an event at a public school and so the state government definitely can exercise control. If the school boards could be forced to integregate minority students and teachers, it’s not that big of a step to integregate a single school event.

  2. akhilp7 says :

    It’s definitely ridiculous that nearly 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, there are still desegregation issues. Parents and board members have already accepted minority groups into their educational institutions. What exactly is the point of segregating one school event? What are the parents trying to achieve? Nothing. Besides, a public school falls under government authority. Excluding groups from a school event is an encroachment of those people’s right to equal opportunities. Segregating prom definitely sounds like a lost opportunity.

  3. andreaj7 says :

    Although it is understood that the segregated prom in Georgia is legal (because it is not affiliated with a public school), there is no way that this local tradition should be allowed to persist. It’s simply racist and discriminatory, and not to mention embarrassing for the town, with its current negative media attention. The segregated prom’s legality under the Constitution is not an excuse to keep the tradition alive. If I were a student at the public school in Wilcox, I would petition homecoming, and rally other students with the same viewpoint to protest and gain global media attention. It’s insane that in 2013, we are still faced with issues of inequality, especially when linked to education.

  4. BenLev4 says :

    Decades after the Civil Rights Act was passed a segregated prom is morally wrong. We would like to believe that racial discriminations are a thing of the past, as America has established a firm belief in racial equality; something this segregated prom clearly violates.
    Unfortunately, I don’t believe there is much we can do about it. Although we may not like the segregated prom, it is in fact a private event. There are plenty of events or gatherings we would like to squash, but we simply cannot go around shutting them down. One of the great things about America are your personal freedoms, outlined by the Constitution. If someone wants to host an all-white prom, there shouldn’t be interference.

  5. Jonas1 says :

    As shocking as this story is, people need to understand that there’s only so much the government can do to combat racism and segregation. This prom is a private event. Having a government that respects the privacy of its citizens is wonderful, but that means we must put up with stuff like this from time to time. Change needs to come from citizens taking a stand through boycotts, the media, etc. The government shouldn’t meddle in private affairs, even if we don’t like them.

  6. Emily1 says :

    This is honestly disturbing and ridiculous. A segregated prom?! IN 2013?! Though I don’t think the government can get directly involved, because as they say, it is a private event, this is definitely something that the people can change. Support for the integrated, all-race prom needs to be generated, so that money can be raised for such an event. The community can come together and create a non-segregated prom, it just requires some work, and can be done without government intervention. It raises the question though… What happens in this case if a white student wanted to go to the non-white prom? Would the Georgia parents allow this? Is funding equal? The fact that I even raise these questions is disappointing, but it is an interesting thought.

  7. Liz7 says :

    I think in this case, the school needs to step up and do something. The schools is concerned no one will attend a school-funded dance? Then the teachers, principle, or any staff at the school need to start encouraging kids to go to the prom of the opposite race – if they are prevented from doing so, that’s when it becomes illegal, and the government should take action. While I don’t think the government has any right to interfere with the proms itself, I do think the local government and legislators, should be speaking with the parents and school behind this discrimination. The Senators, Representatives, and even just local community members need to realize this is a symptom of deeply ingrained racism that is not going away until they do something about it. Does the government have judicial or legislative power in this case? No, but they do have the power of persuasion and influence over the community and its time for them to use that.

  8. megweck1 says :

    There should OF COURSE be interference when people want to host an all-white prom. Just hearing the word “integrated” in terms of race is like stepping back into another century. Anything OTHER than interference is participating as a bystander in a disgusting, racist activity. Lizzie is exactly right when she says deeply ingrained racism. Maybe not working through the prom, but there should be activities in the community to raise awareness about this maybe through giving, as Emily suggested, more adequate funding for the “integrated” prom, and making sure that the students mobilize an effort to make their voice heard. Among the horrible racist children that exist in Georgia, there are many that can make a difference, and it starts with them. They are the ones who have the power to stand up for their generation and do things such as host “integrated” proms. Change HAS to begin with them, because this is a problem that starts with people who refuse to change.

  9. 4thomas says :

    I believe the greatest thing about America is that its citizens have so many freedoms from the government. There is no doubt in my mind, that a segregated prom like this is awful. Absolutely awful. It should have no place in society in the year 2013. However, the government can not and should not do a thing, this includes the government funded public school. This event is taking place outside of school and other than the students, there is no connection to the school and no one is being forced to partake in the segregated prom. As despicable as an event like this is, it is constitutionally protected and can carry on as long as racist parents support it and unconcerned students choose to attend. Bravo to the students who are rallying against it; they have the power to stop it, not the government.

  10. Ellen7 says :

    The fact that this school has a segregated prom in the year 2013 is absolutely absurd and not acceptable. I am baffled that there was not more of an uproar than there was. However, as many others have mentioned, it indeed is not something the government can do anything about. Yes, it is a public school, which does fall under the control of the government, but the actual prom itself is a private event. It almost seems as if they are simply private parties hosted by parents, etc, that act as the student’s “prom.” When you put it this way, it’s easy to understand how it is outside of the government’s control. Imagine a big sweet sixteen thrown by someone at school that is only inviting a certain group of people. Although it is not exactly socially acceptable, there is nothing the government could or should do about it.

  11. Ryan4 says :

    I agree that this occurrence is most disturbing, the integration of race should no longer even be discussed so long after the passage of legislation outlining federal racial equality. Although there is nothing the government can do legally, per say, it may be necessary for a lean of social racial equality as well. It should within the school’s power to determine the organization of a prom, not left to the students’ parents.

  12. 4mary says :

    This is evidence of how much further we still have to come in race relations here in America. So even though de jure segregation was ended, clearly de facto segregation persists. One problem with de facto segregation (that isn’t a new issue) it that because it’s not technically part of any legislation, how can any law attempt to curtail it? This is definitely cause for concern. I don’t think people everywhere acknowledge how much of an issue civil rights and racial equality still are. And for what it’s worth, maybe or maybe not what they’re doing is legal/within the law….but the legality isn’t/shouldn’t be the issue. It’s that some people still think segregation is a good idea that has a positive gain….

  13. Nick4 says :

    It’s important to look at this from a moral standpoint as well as a political standpoint. Obviously, a segregated prom in 2013 is ridiculous, and the fact that there are enough people in this country to support this is frankly disgusting. However, as crazy as it is, these people are still protected by the Constitution. If this prom is truly a private event, not connected to the school, then yes, a segregated prom is technically allowed. With that being said, if the community is against a segregated prom, which it seems like the majority of them are, they need to do something regardless of the government’s ability to intervene. If the entire school refuses to go to the white prom, the issue will disappear. This is obviously unlikely, since there are people with bigoted beliefs, but even if a large majority of students openly fight against this segregation, the issue will get the media coverage it deserves.

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