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Integration, just 60 years late

Editorial Cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff

Editorial Cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff

History has been made in Wilcox County High School. It was challenge but this landmark has been accomplished, thanks to Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, Quanesha Wallace and Keela Bloodworth—they are all seniors.

On April 27, Wilcox County High School will host its first integrated prom. It only took them 59 years to reach modern acceptance.

These four students are not the only ones in shock; now that they made this initiative viral, including creating a Facebook page to allow supporters donate money for this prom, the majority of the U.S., Canada, even Australia cannot stop but think of how segregated proms are present.

The 1954 Supreme Court decision on Brown v. the Board of Education ruled that segregation is unconstitutional. The reason why segregated proms are provided is because it is not funded by the Wilcox County School District but private donors, most of them parents and students affiliated with this high school.

The school board was questioned by the Georgia NAACP why they cannot host an integrated prom, but their answers involved claims of avoiding liabilities and not getting involved in the politics.

That resistance, that silence, is scary because they can change this “tradition.” Even more shocking, one of the beliefs on the high school’s website states, “all children should be treated equally and justly.” Even before the integrated prom was official, these four seniors encountered glimpses of reality that even now, some people do not want to see this happen.

“I actually put up posters for the integrated prom and we’ve had people ripping them down at the school,” Bloodworth said on WSFA.

With everyone tuning in to see the students prevail, it had some Georgia politicians voice their support for the integrated prom—all except Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

Brian Robinson, Deal’s spokesman, wrote in an email on April 11, “This is a leftist front group for the Democratic party and we’re not going to lend a hand to this silly publicity stunt,” according to the International Business Times.

This statement was aimed at Better Georgia, a liberal nonpartisan group that called Gov. Deal to speak out on this issue, but this statement just raises red flags.

On April 15, his spokesman sent another email, saying that Gov. Deal “expects and trusts that local leaders will find a long-term solution that protects equal rights for all students regardless of race or ethnic background.” Good save.

Regardless of these setbacks, Wilcox County High School’s class of 2013 will be able to enjoy their final year with friends. To even spread more acceptance, the prom will also be open to the public. Even though a white prom is still being hosted on April 20, hopefully the following week will be more memorable.

To learn more about the integrated prom or if anyone wishes to donate, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/IntegratedProm2013.

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