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Prom Night in Mississippi

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I read this article today and it was about a small town in Mississippi that until 2008 had segregated proms.  They had a black prom and a white prom.  Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the school’s prom as long as it was integrated.  There is a documentary about this on HBO and I caught the last half of it the other day.  The town really wants nothing to do with an integrated prom but when they interview the students, they are all for it.  Most of them have wanted an integrated prom.  I can’t believe this type of thing still goes on in our country today.  I’m glad someone finally stepped in and did something about this problem.  God forbid a white kid hangs out with a black kid.  If one of these kids moved from this town they would have no clue how to interact with kids of different races.  Hopefully this school and town continues to support integrated activities in their community and get away from their segregated ways.

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Written by jturner36

November 13, 2009 at 7:44 pm

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  1. Yeah it’s amazing the kind of overt racism that still goes on in our country. It’s just crazy to me that these school leaders will openly talk about it and defend it like there’s nothing wrong with it. I mean who are these people?? I realize that there is still a large portion of people who harbor racist ideals, but usually not out in public. It blows my mind.

    sranson08

    November 13, 2009 at 8:07 pm

  2. It’ll be sad when these kids go out into another part of the state, country, or world and realize that they’ve been socialized in a way that is not seen as appropriate. They’ll have a hard time surviving anywhere else.

    erom13

    November 13, 2009 at 8:28 pm

  3. I have been aware of the racial segregation among and within schools but have never heard of a school that has two separate proms. How can a school afford to host two proms in the first place? Ideally a prom is suppose to unite students in a school whereas this one clearly segregates students rather than having them get exposed to people of different races, cultures, or backgrounds.

    3graffiti

    November 14, 2009 at 6:32 am

  4. Wow. That is really messed up and I cant believe that segregation is still going on. Prom is supposed to be a time where ALL of the senior class can dance and have a good time. Im glad Morgan Freeman is offering to pay to hear an integrated prom.

    joshjfletch89

    November 14, 2009 at 2:30 pm

  5. Not only is it unbelievable that a group of people will practice such blatant racism, but also that the government allows it. I thought public institutions were supposed to be free from discrimination.

    larosa29

    November 14, 2009 at 8:05 pm

  6. Why the hell did it take until 2008 to integrate PROMS?! That is absolutely ridiculous. You wonder if behind closed doors if the students were actually supportive of the integration-because in a way they don’t know any different, if it’s how they grew up, they don’t know anything else. Their families are probably the racist individuals that pounded into the children’s heads that whites are not supposed to associate with blacks. Thank goodness Morgan stepped in and help resolve such disgusting segregation.

    jubol

    November 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm

  7. I would love to know the reasoning the school leaders gave for keeping prom segregated. I mean really, any argument they give is going to be based in racism and stereotypes.
    I’m just glad that Morgan Freeman was willing to pay for this to happen. I wish I had a really famous actor with tons of money to pay for my senior prom, that would have been one heck of a prom!

    kmurph2688

    November 15, 2009 at 12:35 am

  8. I think this is really bad that a school would really have a segregated prom. I couldn’t possibly find a reason why they would have a segregated prom. For a country that promotes equality this is a bad sign going against the view of supposed equality.

    domsangs

    November 15, 2009 at 9:22 am

  9. This is just as sad as telling a gay child that they are unable to attend prom with their boyfriend or a lesbian child with their girlfriend. There are many instances of discrimination against LGBT children within school. During my senior prom, two of my friends (a lesbian couple) were escorted from the prom for dancing with each other. Keep in mind that I graduated from a High School in Gainesville … Makes you wonder.

    bsmail

    November 16, 2009 at 4:44 am


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