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Georgia students push for first integrated prom

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   April 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM
A group of students has been friends since elementary school and they do everything together, except go to prom. Wilcox County High School in Georgia has never held an integrated prom during its existence, reports WSAV.

"We're embarrassed, it's embarrassing," exclaimed Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, Quanesha Wallace, and Keela Bloodworth. Sinnot and Bloodworth are white and Rucker and Wallace are black. "We are all friends," said Sinnot.

"There's a white prom and there's an integrated prom," said Bloodworth. The rule is strictly enforced, and anyone of a race other than Caucasian would be escorted off premises by police. Last year a biracial student was turned away from the white prom by police.

Homecoming is also segregated. For the first time the school decided to elect only one homecoming court instead of one for each race, and Wallace won. But there were still two separate dances, and Wallace and the white Homecoming King had to take separate pictures for the yearbook.

Now the girls are calling for an integrated prom, with a Facebook page and fundraising events, but not everyone supports the idea. "I put up posters for the Integrated Prom and we've had people ripping them down at the school," Bloodworth said.

When students pushed for one prom, the school offered a resolution to permit an integrated prom that would allow all students to attend, but they wouldn't end the whites-only prom.

"We need to stick with the tradition," Wallace said mockingly. "This is a traditional thing we don't need to change and stuff like that, but why? No one can answer my question."

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