An Update to the Wilcox County High School Segregated Proms Story
So, a week-and-a-half ago, I was gobsmacked to read about a school in Macon-area, Georgia, that had segregated proms. I wrote about it here. Briefly, four best friends, two white, and two black, thought it was wrong that they couldn’t attend their prom together, so they started an integrated prom. They even set up a Facebook page with a plea for donations, and now, all the seniors at Wilcox County High School can attend the integrated prom for free. The integrated prom has been covered by the Australian and British news as well as blogs/media outlets all around the country, and the support from around the world for the students organizing it has been overwhelming.
One thing that had been somewhat puzzling was why there were segregated proms in the first place and how it was legal. It turns out that the school doesn’t have an official prom and it’s some parents and students who have been organizing the whites-only prom. Wrap your mind around that. In fucking 2013, there are still some white people so filled with hate and fear, they can’t stand having their kids interacting with black kids. These parents may be forced to allow their kids to attend integrated schools, but they’ll be damned if they allow their kids to dance with those kids. We all know that dancing leads to multiracial babies, amirite?
A group called Better Georgia has been asking state politicians to support the integrated prom. Congresspeople, both Republican and Democrat, have come out in support of it – with one notably exception: Governor Nathan Deal (R, Assholeville). Via his spokesman, Brian Robinson, he refused to take sides, not because he didn’t have an opinion, but because it was Better Georgia who was behind the push for pols to stand up for integration (YAY, integration!). Robinson said:
This is a leftist front group for the state Democratic party and we’re not going to lend a hand to their silly publicity stunt.
I see. So supporting racial equality is a silly publicity stunt, and what should be a no-brainer is shunned by Deal because it was suggested by a progressive group. Bryan Long, an activist with Better Georgia, tells Deal that he should listen to his fellow Republican, State Rep. Edward Lindsey, who commented on this subject on a conservative blog, Peach Pundit:
If there is one thing I have learned in politics it is that you get a whole lot more done if you do not care who gets the credit….Wilcox County is where my mother is from and where I spent every summer on my grandfather’s farm. I am proud of these students. Elizabeth and I have contributed to their cause. I ask everyone else on Peach Pundit do the same.
Emphasis is from the original article. Congrats to Rep. Lindsey for doing the right thing and for urging his compatriots to do so as well. Maybe he can get on the hotline to Governor Deal and talk some sense into him.
Politics aside, school officials at Wilcox County High School are mulling over whether to have an official prom or not, one that would have to be integrated. This is a direct result of four girls who just wanted to be together for their prom and set about to make it happen. I’m really heartened that Keela Bloodworth, Mareshia Rucker, Stephanie Sinnot, and Quanesha Wallace have received so much support and that they were able to make their dream prom happen.
h/t to @socratic and @psddluva4evah on teh Twitter Machine