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Yvettep
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 01:22 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Interesting...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18034102/?GT1=9246

ASHBURN, Ga. - Breaking from tradition, high school students in this small town are getting together for this year’s prom.

Prom night at Turner County High has long been an evening of de facto segregation: white students organized their own unofficial prom, while black students did the same.

This year’s group of seniors didn’t want that legacy. When the four senior class officers — two whites and two blacks — met with Principal Chad Stone at the start of the school year, they had more on their minds than changes to the school’s dress code.

They wanted an all-school prom. They wanted everyone invited.

On April 21, they’ll have their wish. The town’s auditorium will be transformed into a tropical scene, and for the first time, every junior and senior, regardless of race, will be invited.

The prom’s theme: Breakaway.

“Everybody says that’s just how it’s always been. It’s just the way of this very small town,” said James Hall, a 17-year-old black student who is the senior class president.

“But it’s time for a change.”

There are excited announcements of the upcoming dance plastered all over the school, where about 55 percent of students are black and most of the rest are white.

A makeshift countdown to the prom is displayed as a cardboard cutout on a main hallway. Student council members canvass the hallways, asking students to buy a $25 ticket and be a part of history. In the cafeteria, images of palm trees and waterfalls brighten up the sterile walls. “The First Ever!” a poster exclaims. “Got your haircut?”

Difficult task
Students say the self-segregation that splits social circles in school mirrors the attitude of this town of 4,000 people. So getting every student to break from the past could be a difficult task.

With prom night about two weeks away, only half of the 160 upper-class students have bought tickets. And there’s talk around the school that some white students might throw a competing party at a nearby lake.

“Everyone is saying they’re not going to the school prom,” said Steven Tuller, a 17-year-old white junior who doesn’t plan to attend either event because he wants to wait until he’s a senior. “They’re saying it’s tradition.”

Yet Turner County High already has defied tradition this year. The school abandoned its practice of naming separate white and black homecoming queens. Instead, a mixed-race student was named the county’s first solo homecoming queen.

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Cynique
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 01:55 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh, the irony of it all! The end result of the gallant fight for integration is a realization that separate but equal is more aligned with what is apparently an inherent clannishness on the part of the human species. Or something like that. And so it goes.
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Chrishayden
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 02:32 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They ought to top it off with a bloody race riot.
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Mzuri
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 02:52 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)


They should invite Don Imus. He could give a speech laced with denigrating racial wisecracks :-(
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Eastwest
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 02:55 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What is the big deal?
If Blacks and Whites want to have
their own separate proms LET THEM.
What is so great about dancing with,
White Trash Cave Bytches?
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Renata
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 10:37 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"......a mixed-race student was named the county’s first solo homecoming queen."

Translation: "Damn.......now you BOTH have a homecoming queen. NOW SHUT THE FUK UP AND DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT GOING TO THE SAME PROM!"

LOL

Yvette...schools in Mississippi were still segregated into the 90's. And if you ever saw a white kid at a black school that meant that either they were jewish or their mother was dating a black guy.

Actually, I think they may still be segregated, but I haven't witnessed anything Mississippi school related since I left MS.
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Yvettep
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Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 08:25 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Renata, perhaps I should be ashamed, but that is the first thing I thought too when I read about the homecoming queen! LOL

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