Perspectives on Race

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Mississippi Does It Again

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So apparently, Mississippi was able to show the rest of the world that they are headed in the wrong direction once again with a blatant act of discrimination. The Itawamba School Board decided that they should cancel the senior prom because Constance McMillen, an 18 year old lesbian, wanted to bring her girlfriend as her date and wear a tuxedo rather than a dress. Before all of this happened, Constance approached the faculty in charge about her concerns since she was aware that in previous years, couples were limited to a male and female pair only. She was then told that if she and her date showed up at prom and made the other students feel “uncomfortable”, they would be asked to leave. After the ACLU got word of this, they brought all the eyes of the media on this school, pressuring them to do what they thought was best, and canceled the prom. How these situations are still concerns is beyond me. I have personally always felt that people should be allowed to do what makes them happy as long as they do not endanger anyone around them in any way. This simple act of a girl wanting to spend the night at her prom with someone that she cares for should not in any way be a concern of the school board. Their attempts at making the rest of the students conform to the ideologies held by bigoted residents of the area are apparently far outdated and they will need to eventually realize that times change most often for the better.


Written by mvmia16

March 22, 2010 at 2:41 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. This is rediculous! At my high school you were allowed to buy two tickets (one for you and your date). My sohpmore year a lot of the Juniors took their sophmore friends that were girls to Junior prom becuase they didn’t have dates, and they didn’t want to go with someone they didn’t want to go with, so therefore took their friends. I don’t think its anyone’s business who they are taking or why. So is the school okay with an 18 year old bringing someone whose older and out of high school because it is a male? When i think of Mississippi i think of racism in general, and this article only reinforces it.


    March 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm

  2. I think that it is very unfair for the School Board to cancel the prom for everyone because they are in disagreements with the requests of a student. I dont necessarily look at this as an act of racial discrimination but I do think that it is discrimination against those who are homosexual. I understand that some people do not agree with it but their personal beliefs should not be forced upon others. If the student wanted to wear a tux instead of a dress and wanted to bring her girlfriend and it didnt offend any of the other students attending the prom then it should have been allowed. The times are changing and though you dont have to like it, you should at least show a little bit of respect.


    March 22, 2010 at 8:21 pm

  3. I don’t feel like it was necessary for the school board to cancel the entire school prom and ruin something that most high school seniors look forward to. Constance McMillen should have been allowed to bring her date to the prom and this situation just goes to show you that some people are still stuck in traditions and don’t have an open mind.


    March 23, 2010 at 1:03 am

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