Saturday, April 6, 2013

Still segregated proms in Georgia



It's the 21st Century, but this kind of racist bullshit is still going on in America! Well, in Georgia, at least, and last time I looked, Georgia was still in the Union (though maybe not by choice).

Separate proms for white kids and black kids? Separate homecoming kings and queens? And they won't allow a white 'king' and black 'queen' to appear in the same yearbook photo?

Do you wonder at the hysteria over our first black president when crap like this is still going on? They won't even integrate a high school prom, so what do imagine they think about a black man in the White House?

FYI, here's the local news story, which was picked up by The Washington Post and then by TYT.

2 comments:

AJ said...

In the 90's, in Texas, we always had a police escort for our sports teams when we went to white schools. Look up Vidor, TX. We played softball there every summer and had many "friends" on the field but no social interaction whatsoever. And there has been some change in the area we lived in. White flight has now taken place in the white town of Port Neches which was next to our town, Port Arthur. It's almost stunning to see my girls (softball players) living in Port Neches and their children attending the public schools there! But the white people left in droves, which happened to Port Arthur in the 60s and 70s.

WCG said...

Wow, Vidor, TX? Incredible. That seems so alien to me, Ann,... but then, my own experience really isn't all that different, I guess. I'm from a small town in Nebraska, and there was never anyone in town who wasn't white.

The Winnebago Indian Reservation was nearby, but it was like a foreign country to us. I was in college before I ever had a classmate of another race or ethnicity, or even one who wasn't Christian (at least, as far as I knew).

Really, race was entirely theoretical where I grew up, something you just heard about on television. I think racism was widespread, but more casual than in the Deep South, simply since it was so theoretical. There certainly weren't any black people around anywhere, so they weren't feared - except theoretically.