Speechless:: Segregation, 2007

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I guess this is sort of a follow up thought from my last entry. I saw this article today, and I just can’t believe it… Wow.

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  T.J. wrote @

I remember first reading about this school last year, and I’m amazed that things like this still exist. However, I also definitely know that de facto segregation is very much in existence, hrm.

I’m glad it integrated…too bad 50 years after it perhaps should have been.

  T.J. wrote @

Yikes!

“Adkinson’s sister, Mindy Bryan, attended a segregated prom in 2001.

“There was not anybody that I can remember that was black,” she said. “The white people have theirs, and the black people have theirs. It’s nothing racial at all.”

Is she serious? And this woman graduated the same year I did? Double yikes.

  Kelly G. wrote @

Wow.

Also, I really wonder what life would be like there for someone of a mixed racial background.

  Johnny wrote @

…maybe it won’t be on the top of my places to visit with my wife & kids.

On the other hand, maybe it should be!

Peace & Blessings

J

  Yens wrote @

Two aspects stike me as crazy, for lack of a better word: 1) that PARENTS have had active roles in planning these segregated proms and 2) that both blacks and whites think nothing of having segregated proms.
When I taught 9th grade English I had a unique unit on race and every Spring there were articles like this about schools having segregated proms where the entire student population, both black and white, actually want it. Those of mixed races, other races, and individuals who had dates of a different race had to choose; ironically, some of these couples enjoyed the segregated proms because they were able to go to two proms a year.

  elderj wrote @

crazy in some ways, but not in others… after all most private institutions are defacto segregated even if not de jure. its clear that the kids have different views on race than their parents and some really don’t see the seperate proms as racial at all. There’s the Black people party and the white people party. The same is true in college, just not as obviously so.

Because these kids weren’t around when the initial decisions were made to have seperate proms (because of racism) they don’t think of it racially, just sort of traditionally.


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