Some Georgia teens are raising money so they can have their school’s first integrated prom. You might be thinking, “Oh, an integrated prom for gay and straight couples? How… does that make sense? Can’t gay and straight couples just go to the same prom? I guess it’s weird in Georgia! Good for them!”
Hahaha, no, you thought wrong.
It’s so much worse.
The teens’ school actually still has segregated proms. Like, black students go to one, and white students go to the other. In an era where people are defending gay marriage by talking about how stupid segregation was.
“It’s embarrassing to know that I’m from the county that still does this,” Keela Bloodworth said.
Keela, I think everyone reading this feels embarrassment that there’s a place in America that still does this. You’re not alone.
When Wilcox County schools integrated 30 years ago, the annual school sponsored prom ended. Parents began raising money to host separate segregated proms and it’s a tradition that continues on to this day.
“I think there’ve even been comments made you know, if you’re an African-American and you show up to the white prom, you’ll probably get asked to leave,” said Ethan Roundtree, another student helping with the efforts.
Seriously, I’m pretty sure this was the plot of Hairspray.
Roundtree is one of several high school seniors, working to break the racial boundaries. The students are raising money for Wilcox County High’s first integrated prom.
Okay, they are doing this about 30 years after it should have been done, but still, good for them. Thank God people are finally getting around to this.
Prom picture via Getty