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Students should be applauded for integrating prom

EDITORIAL

Published: Sunday, April 7, 2013

Updated: Sunday, April 7, 2013 22:04

A high school in Georgia garnered media attention last week for something that should not even be an issue in 2013.

Students at Wilcox County High School in southern Georgia want an integrated prom.

The idea came to the students last year, but prom is not the only thing in their school that is segregated. The homecoming queen and king were even in separate photos last year because they were different races.

All of the dances at this high school are organized and paid for by parents, instead of the school district, so they are considered private events instead of public events that would be open to all students.

Students have decided to take a stand against this traditional practice and finally bring their community into the 21st century. The students are organizing an integrated prom and raising the money for it themselves.

Why is segregation still an issue? The school has been integrated for more than 40 years, but all of the school events are still treated like it is the 1950s.

So far, the students have sold 50 tickets for their own, integrated prom and hope to sell 100 by the day of the event at the end of April.

Although it is a slow start, it shows initiative from students in southern Georgia that they are ready for change, and want to show their parents and teachers that they do not want to live in the past any longer.

Fortunately school officials have announced they are looking into a school sponsored, integrated prom for 2014, but the fact that it has to be “looked into” and is not a reality yet, should say something about the society we live in. The students of Wilcox County High School should be commended for standing up to their superiors, and the officials should be ashamed and embarrassed for getting attention for an issue that should not even exist anymore.

 

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