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    Georgia HS students organize first integrated prom - 7NEWS Boston News WHDH-TV 7NEWS WHDH.COM

    Since the dance is privately funded should they be allowed to continue having a "white only" prom and a separate "integrated" prom?

    Should the school system look to having a school sponsored prom to help end this and have all students at the same prom?

    Does this stuff really happen in 2013? Really?
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    I think the school needs to sponsor the integrated prom.

    For the private ones. . . you can't make people behave like they should. Private people hosting a party don't have to invite anyone they don't want to.

    Amazing that this is still an issue.
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    I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.
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    You know, I technically knew this stuff existed still but it completely floors me to see it in my face like this. That there are kids who still do separate events based on race.

    I think the school needs to sponsor a prom for all and stop wiping their hands on the issue.

    I know we can't stop the private events...private is private after all...I found the comment that they were tearing down posters for the integrated prom at the school to be so sad.
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    I also think there should be a school sponsored prom that is open to everyone.

    Believe it or not, it does really still happen here. I was very shocked having grown up in NY, to move here and see how much racism there still is. Towns are very divided. We living in a Black part of town (we are white). If my girls went to the public schools here they would be treated very badly. One of my neighbors told me that when his daughter went (also white), she was the only white kid in the class. The other students would say things like "I'm not going to sit next to that white girl". On the other hand, the schools that DH works at a little ways a way are all white. Maybe a hand full of Black students in schools of thousands. It would be very unsafe for a Black person to go to some of the "Back in the Hills" parts of TN or GA.

    One of my first exposures to this was in college. My roommates actually believed, and their churches taught, that it was a sin to date or be attracted to a Black person. I was in so much shock, that I did not think we would ever get past it. It is just so different that I had ever been taught or believed. Another (cuter) experience we had was when Alyssa was a baby and we went to the WIC office. She having blond hair and blue eyes was in a room full of Black people. One little boy came up to her in such wonder and touched her hair like she was the first white child he had ever seen.

    I will say that this is changing fast. In the 12 years that I have lived here, I have seen a lot of improvement in this area, but there is still a long way to go. Joint Prom would be a great place to start.

    - I just remembered another example. When we were looking to buy our house, if we were going through a realtor, we were not allowed to meet or see the owners. Until recently they had a huge problem with people not being willing to sell their house to a person of a different race or it being written into the contract that they could only sell their house to a person of the same race. This of course is not allowed now if it can be proven that is the reason.

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    Of course, we still have some of that here...places where the majority of the population is Caucasian or not. I'm not saying this is a "southern" thing...but I definitely think it's reacted to differently here. My town is heavily Caucasian and of Christian beliefs but not why I choose to live here...I just grew up here and I'm comfy here. Our "joke" is that we live in the most diverse neighborhood in town as my small street has an AA family, a SS couple and around the corner is an Asian family. . I do miss diversity of city being here but I the quiet that is here that I didn't get in the city. A

    I know a few years ago a nearby town had an issue with a seller not wanting to sell their house because the person was AA and there was this old town bylaw for this section that had not been amended that the seller was using as an excuse. It made me very sad to see this. Not so much the law from 1912 that most people had forgotten about but that someone felt the need to be so awful.
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    Well thank God I don't live in Georgia! I know this stuff exists everywhere, as I have experienced it personally, but for it to still be this blatant is surprising to me.

    My brother and his wife just spent 4 years in Louisville, KY, where it is also very segregated in terms of neighborhoods (everyone knows that there are white neighborhoods and there are black neighborhoods and the opposite race for the most part stays out of the other races "territory"), however, their public schools are Desegragated, meaning that your children don't necessarily go to the school closest to you. Your kids can be taken by bus up to an hour away to attend whatever school needs that race of child to meet the desegragation requirements of each school (certain percentage of each race) and your kids might all go to different schools for this reason, even though they would normally be in the same school. When I heard that, it was crazy to me, but at least the city/schools are trying to do something to combat segregation, instead of just sitting back and staying out of it like they are doing in Georgia.
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    When I first came to Houston, I LOVED the diversity. It was so different from California where I came from. I have lived in several different neighborhoods and parts of town and all were so racially diverse. I once tried out a church that someone recommended and noticed immediately that it was almost all white people. I immediately said "no thanks" (in my head) and moved on. For a church to exist in such a diverse community and yet be so dominated by one race just sets an alarm off in my head. I have never worried about my kids here because there are seemingly just as many mixed kids as there are any other race...and as much as I hate Houston sometimes for the crappy weather...it would be hard for me to leave the diversity that exists here.

    I feel sorry for people that live in this Georgia town...but good for those girls for trying to do something about it.
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    Who the hell is raising those kids to even think this is acceptable? Shame on those parents.
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    Probably the same parents who fund the private parties. :/
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