How two South Georgia districts ended segregated proms: Lessons from Turner and Montgomery counties

Update Friday: Better Georgia, a self-described progressive advocacy group, asked Gov. Nathan Deal to take a public stand supporting the efforts of four Wilcox County High School seniors to hold an integrated prom in a community where segregated private proms have been the tradition.

The group was disappointed with his response to its request, which addressed who was asking — Better Georgia — rather than the issue of the prom itself.

It sent out this statement today:

According to a report from Macon’s largest television station, 13 WMAZ, the governor’s spokesman, Brian Robinson, said Deal “won’t take sides” because “this is a leftist front group for the state Democratic party and we’re not going to lend a hand to their silly publicity stunt.”

Better Georgia is an independent, non-partisan organization and is not affiliated with any political party. The progressive advocacy group has challenged all Georgia elected officials to publicly support the students of Wilcox County who are breaking with tradition to host the school’s first integrated prom.

“This is an important moment for Georgia’s elected leaders, including Gov. Deal, our top official, to stand up and tell the nation that Georgia doesn’t approve of  ‘separate-but-equal’ proms,’ that we’ve moved beyond the 50s, 60s and 70s,” said Bryan Long, executive director of Better Georgia. Elected officials from both major political parties have responded to Better Georgia’s request to support the students.

But the governor’s spokesman says his comments were taken out of context and he never said Deal was taking sides. In reference to Wilcox proms, Robinson issued this statement to the AJC,  “Gov. Deal is focused on reviewing the legislation that was passed in the legislative session and bringing jobs to Georgia. In the Wilcox County case, the governor expects and trusts that local leaders will find a long-term solution that protects the equal rights of all students, regardless of race or ethnic background.”

Back to my original post:

Two nearby school districts have already gone through what Wilcox County is facing: ending the practice of private segregated proms.  (AP Images.)

Two nearby school districts have already gone through what Wilcox County is facing: ending the practice of private segregated proms. (AP Images.)

Veteran educator Henry Walding used to joke that if he ever became a high school principal, he would do away with prom.

Now principal of Montgomery County High School in Mount Vernon, Walding will spend Saturday night chaperoning his school’s first official prom in nearly a half century.

And the prom is integrated, which wasn’t always the case in this small southeast Georgia district where white and black students once attended separate proms.

In the aftermath of 1970s-era integration, many small-town Southern white parents didn’t want race mixing at social events, while administrators feared proms would exacerbate tensions around the closing and merging of schools.

Montgomery is among the school districts in the South where proms went from school-based functions to segregated private affairs, held off campus without any school funds

For the most part, these apartheid proms are gone. But not everywhere.

Wilcox County High School in the South Georgia town of Rochelle, 20 miles from Cordele, finds itself in the unflattering eye of a social media storm after reports of its segregated proms hit the newspapers, TV stations and Facebook. Four girls in the senior class, best friends since fourth grade, launched a Facebook page to promote an integrated prom and have won international applause and donations. The April 27 prom is now free to Wilcox High seniors and has been expanded to 10th graders as well.

At a Wilcox school board meeting Tuesday, NAACP State President Edward DuBose urged board members to support the teens and embrace their effort to end segregated proms. And the Wilcox County High School Leadership Team is meeting today to consider a school-sponsored prom next year.

The south Georgia school system is coping with the massive media attention and correcting a few misconceptions. Namely, that it sponsors or condones these historic black and white proms.

In a statement, Wilcox Schools Superintendent Steven Smith said, “When the ladies approached the Wilcox County Board of Education and me about hosting an integrated prom, we not only applauded their idea, but we also passed a resolution advocating that all activities involving our students be inclusive and non-discriminatory.

“I fully support these ladies and I consider it an embarrassment to our schools and community that these events have portrayed us as bigoted in any way. I understand there to be many issues surrounding these parties that have nothing to do with skin color. Skin color seems to be a much larger issue for the adults than the students, and my prayer is that this effort will be a huge step toward reconciling the wrongs of the past.”

In the last few years, two Georgia counties near Wilcox have ended segregated proms.

Turner County High School holds its seventh school-based prom this weekend, and, for the first time, there are no private proms in competition. The school prom has become the only destination for teenagers in Ashburn, Ga.

“I will tell you that it has not been an easy road,” said Turner Superintendent Ray Jordan. “Old habits and traditions die hard and, hopefully, we are reaching stage where we are building new traditions.”

Twice, Turner High has had to cancel school proms because students showed no interest, preferring to organize and attend private proms. And it was not just white students. One year, a black family organized a private prom that drew students away from the school prom.

“In 2010, we had a very similar situation,” said Jordan. “We were planning a prom and started selling tickets. But it got down to the time to sign the contracts for the music and such and we had only sold three or four tickets. So, we canceled prom that year.”

But a new principal came on board and redoubled efforts to spur student interest in a school prom and participation has been rising. With around 190 students in the junior and senior classes, the school sold 153 tickets to Saturday’s prom in Tifton.

“For the first time since we began this journey, there are no private parties that compete with the prom,” said Jordan.

A Turner high school graduate himself, Jordan attended a segregated prom in 1977.

“That’s all we knew growing up. That was just what they had always done. My first experience with a true school-sponsored prom was in the spring of 1980 when I was a teacher at Tift County High School and we had a school prom,” he said

Now, Jordan sees a school prom as a means of unifying students. “We are hoping to build a culture where this is the tradition now, where prom is a time to celebrate their high school experience with the young people they have been with since kindergarten.”

Students in Montgomery County led the effort to integrate their prom three years ago. Two years into the principal’s job at Montgomery High, Walding said, “The prom is now fully integrated. I donated $250 each year out of my own pocket to help support the prom. I would not do that unless it was an integrated prom.”

But the proms remained private until now. When students came to him this year and asked to raise money at the school for their prom, Walding agreed with a proviso: the prom become school-sponsored and prom-goers agree to abide by more stringent rules than parents may have imposed. In the past, Walding said a seventh grader went to a prom. That will not happen Saturday, he said.

“I always said if I were a high school principal and could do away with the prom, I would,” he said. “But I am pleased with the support that this prom has received and the way it developed. This is a wonderful group of kids.”

Many rural areas have held private segregated proms for so long that they are treated as tradition, said Montgomery County Superintendent Randy Rodgers. “In the late 60s and early 70s, districts discontinued proms because they felt like the proms were an opportunity for racial unrest,” he said.

One reason the proms remained private all these many decades may have been that districts feared the liability of resuming control of the events, he said.

“With a lawyer on every corner so to speak, there is always the possibility of legal action and some exposure of the schools if children were drinking and there were accidents,” said Rodgers.  I think there could be an argument that you lessen your exposure if you don’t involve yourself in proms.”

But Rodgers believes that “proms should be part of high school life. In Montgomery County, we have worked hard to get these kids to support a school prom. “

And it involved some cajoling, Rodgers said. The former principal of Montgomery High School offered a school-based prom to students in 2010, but the teens “did not want to be affiliated with the school because of the higher requirements of behavior. Parents have a tendency to overlook many things that a schoolteacher can’t.”

He understands that some school administrators contend that prom falls low on the list of priorities, given the budget deficits and the pressure to raise student performance. But Rodgers said a school-sponsored prom can build morale and improve the school climate.

His advice to friend and fellow school chief Steven Smith in Wilcox County: “Do the right thing and keep the children in the center of everything you do and things will take care of themselves.”

The national spotlight on the Wilcox student campaign to integrate the prom is a positive, said Rodgers, “as it will eventually heighten the awareness of everyone and it will become more and more accepted.”

–from Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

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Mary Elizabeth

April 11th, 2013
1:20 am

I graduated in 1960 from a segregated all-white high school. I disliked living in an environment in which the social order demanded that blacks and whites be separated. I did not want to live my life that way. In 1963, I left the South for NYC. In NYC, I no longer had to contend with the repressive environment in which I grew up. I NYC, I was finally – throughout the 1960s – able to interact easily with people of all backgrounds, races, religions, ethnic groups. This broadened and enriched my life and has helped me, throughout the remainder my life thus far, to be the person I believe I was always meant to be. I could grow and become – in the more open environment of New York City..

Although I returned to Georgia in 1970, my life had been forever changed. My worldview had been opened toward one of inclusion with all other human beings. Now, my life is in its 4th and final quarter. I am so grateful, today, that I escaped from having lived the bulk of my life within a rigidly segregated society. If I had, I would be a different person today – a more stifled person.

I hope, for the sake of today’s young people in south Georgia, that those old segregated ways of seeing other human beings will quickly be “Gone With the Wind.” No other young person – black or white – should have to spend even a day longer existing within a segregated environment, and within a segregated mindset, which is based on fear and repression.

Atticus Joad

April 11th, 2013
7:02 am

Proms are a complete and utter waste of time and money and should never involve any school personnel, facilities or resources. The prom sponsors – who usually just want to relive their own glory nights every year – spend hours and hours of school time (and their own) in planning and ddealing with a dance at which most attendees spend 1-2 hours and hundreds of dollars humping each other on the dance floor before going to the hotel party rooms paid for and arranged by their parents. Proms have nothing to do with education in any way.

Lee

April 11th, 2013
7:46 am

I see Maureen is still on the integration kick, but has not said a word about divisive SCHOOL SPONSORED activities such as BLACK Student Alliances.

Bottom line is that the government cannot force people to mix. Like oil and vinegar, they soon segregate with each finding their own comfort zone.

Mountain Man

April 11th, 2013
8:07 am

“Bottom line is that the government cannot force people to mix.”

Lee, if you listen to a lot of comments from the students involved, they say that they are fine with their black friends, don’t have a problem with having an integrated prom. It is their parents who are so dead set against it. Sort of like you.

GB

April 11th, 2013
8:10 am

“For the most part, these apartheid proms are gone.”

Interesting choice of words. “Apartheid” was a government-imposed system of strict racial segregation. It was a more extreme form of segregation than was the form of racial segregation practiced in the American South and was far more repressive. And let me repeat: the system was imposed by the government. As was segregation. (Remember Plessy? It was the government that mandated segregated railroad cars, and the railroads that challenged the law.)

It is inappropriate to use this word to describe activities that are entirely voluntary and private.

indigo

April 11th, 2013
8:16 am

“students showed no interest, preferring to organize and attend private proms”

The PC police will do anything it takes to convince these students their natural inclinations are “racist” and, to be good little boys and girls, they must attend a prom they have no interest in and pretend to have a good time.

Only in America.

AnonMom

April 11th, 2013
8:45 am

I found it interesting that in my kids (in “north Dekalb” – in the “good” DCSS schools which are very diverse from a “white” point of view — e.g. mixed white, black, asian and hispanic) — never saw “color” — they just saw their friends. Their black friends caught “grief” at the middle and high school level for acting “white” from some of the other black kids for “acting” “white” – the kids making this comment, I believe, were those coming from the parts of the system that were “less diverse” (e.g. all one color or another)– another thing to note on this front is that what was “presented” to the outside wasn’t what was going on behind closed doors — I think that the kids didn’t see “color” but that a lot of the parents did…. Perhaps this bodes well for the future?

stooge

April 11th, 2013
8:45 am

Students today are much better at integration than the adults. Faculty meetings are a prime example of the oil and vinegar model provided earlier.

Pride and Joy

April 11th, 2013
8:47 am

MM, I like you but….
You did not attend nor did you organize or work to help out your own prom when you were in school.
So telliing other people what to do when you clearly did not care when you were in school, is duplicitous.

Georgia

April 11th, 2013
8:51 am

Wilcox High’s Final Four!!

Pride and Joy

April 11th, 2013
8:53 am

Atticus Joad makes an interesting comment:
“a dance at which most attendees spend 1-2 hours and hundreds of dollars humping each other on the dance floor before going to the hotel party rooms paid for and arranged by their parents…”
What you describe is exactly the kind of prom my friends’ parents wanted to avoid.
THey hosted an elegant evening and immediately afterward, an after party where we stayed all night. In this way, my friends’ parents ensured there was no vulgar dancing, no alchohol and no sex.
We did not rent limousines and we had no pre-prom dinner.
When my children are of age to go to their prom, I will likely rent the limo for safety reasons — and you can be sure I’ll be hosting a safe, fun after party that my children will be required to attend, IMMEDIATELY after the prom and you can count on me to be a discreet chaperone at the prom.

Georgia

April 11th, 2013
8:58 am

I wonder if a “you got served” contest will break out at Wilcox High’s prom?

Maureen Downey

April 11th, 2013
9:04 am

@GB, The definitions of apartheid also include:

A policy or practice of separating or segregating groups.
The condition of being separated from others; segregation.

Maureen Downey

April 11th, 2013
9:09 am

@lee, But these kids do mix, from kindergarten on. These segregated proms were a tradition that they simply followed because that was the way it was. Now, there is a new way.
And most people would think it is a better way.
I have talked to many teens about this story, and they all express the same sentiment: Why would they want a prom that didn’t include their whole class? What makes a prom different than any other party is that it is senior class event.
After researching this issue, I believe that the kids’ reluctance at first to have school-based proms was the fact that they would face much stricter rules with regard to drinking and with regard to the dates they would bring. (School proms limit dates on both ends of the age spectrum; you can’t bring a 14-year-old or a 20-year-old.)
I also agree with the school chiefs that an event like a prom bonds students — Dr. Walding described how thrilled his students were this week when the decorations they ordered arrived at school. He called it “Christmas in April.”
Maureen

Partisay

April 11th, 2013
9:20 am

It’s only the racist parents who thought this was ok. And of course the conservatives that will comment on here…

johnny too good

April 11th, 2013
9:37 am

Yeah the school board and administration does condone it. Handing it over to the parents is just a tactic to skirt the law. They indirectly make this prom possible. “All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke

GB

April 11th, 2013
9:49 am

Maureen

The definition you cite is the second one in Random House 2013, but the first one is “(in the Republic of South Africa) a rigid policy of segregation of the nonwhite population.” This is the meaning most readers would connect to the word. After all, the word is an Afrikaans word and became incorporated into English only because of events in South Africa.

Collins 2009 contains only the first definition, phrases as follows: “n
(in South Africa) the official government policy of racial segregation; officially renounced in 1992″

Douglas Harper 2009 and American Heritage 2005 also have only the first meaning.

The word is loaded. As almost everyone understands and uses the word, it is not descriptive of voluntary social events.

(I used dictionary dot com to find these sources.)

Patrick Edmondson

April 11th, 2013
9:53 am

Jasper County had the first integrated Prom in 1978 while I was a teacher. Racist parents declared it would lead to “mixing of the races.” Kids had already worked that one out. On date nights an African American male picked up an African American female date. The parents observed no real attraction between the couple and were sure all was fine. Meanwhile a white couple went through the same parent ritual. Then they met and exchanged dates and went off as two mixed race couples to enjoy the evening. At a set time they met again and exchanged dates for the trip home. These were the kids of the most racially divisive adults on both sides. But the parents still protested a prom with all races present.

Just Wondering...

April 11th, 2013
9:57 am

Did Taylor County ever integrate their prom? They were in the news for the same thing a few years ago.

skipper

April 11th, 2013
10:15 am

This may sound funny, but there are some areas of the State (north Georgia, for instance) and country, for that matter where there are hardly any “minorities” at all…..many midwestern/northeastern and other places. Therefore, they can only be on the outside looking in while offering suggestions and anecdotes. The situations in some of these counties is unique………..racial issues still exist, right or wrong. However, for those not in a heavy “majority-minority” area, you may have an opinion, but no first hand experience. It can get complicated.

Matt

April 11th, 2013
10:17 am

Atticus is correct – proms have nothing to do with academic education and they do use school time and resources.

Mountain Man – your only seeing segregated proms from a white perspective, hate to break it to you, but if you read the article, both black and white have sought to have their own private proms. Lee was only stating the obvious.

GB is right. Use of the word “apartheid” is not appropriate given the history of that word and the history of both black and white having private proms regardless of what a school offered. It’s an unnecessarily loaded word seeing to lay blame at the doorstep of an entire race.

I grew up with private, segregated proms and then watched the same continue into my adulthood. When I asked a student why they still did this, they gave an honest reply; they didn’t want to listen to “their” music. Hard to hear, but it wasn’t a comment based on bigotry or racism, it was based on a cultural preference. I won’t say if the student I spoke with was black or white – it shouldn’t matter right.

Matt

April 11th, 2013
10:19 am

LOL – I take no responsibility for an iPad’s self-correcting grammar as it’s wrong half the time.

Ashley

April 11th, 2013
10:29 am

My cousin is a senior at Wilcox County High and he made a statement last night that really got me thinking. He said that at a time when the seniors should be enjoying their last days together and planning their futures, all anyone can talk about is the prom. I felt badly for him becaus he is correct and it’s sad that the students are caught up in the media firestorm. I hope that everyone will remember that there real students in this school and they just want to go to school peacefully and focus on academics, not “a mere party” as my cousin so eloquently put it.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

April 11th, 2013
10:37 am

it’s funny because I’m from southwest Georgia, about an hour and a half from those places. Our proms were integrated when the schools integrated. Yes, the kids had separate after parties but big deal. It never occurred to me that people in other areas of the state were this still this silly.

I don’t know why it’s so hard. Those folks have no problem with integrating the football team. Typical hypocritical bigots. They are afraid that some Black boy is going to touch their precious White daughters. Newsflash. It’s already happening, even in Montgomery County. I guarantee you.

Just A Teacher

April 11th, 2013
10:38 am

Hey Georgia! It’s 2013, not 1913! It’s well past time to for race to matter about anything to anyone!

Georgia

April 11th, 2013
10:40 am

“… the word is an Afrikaans word and became incorporated into English only because of events in South Africa.”

Apartheid: The derivation is afro-american. Those events in Africa became events in America when we shipped Africa over here. Suddenly everybody’s equal when you’re writing history. All of this history was made possible by our great sea transports that Lincoln must have imagined when he proposed that we ship Africa back. What, Apartheid by any other name wouldn’t smell as sweet? Whats worse: Apartheid or Slavery or Racism or being forced to see that many bad prom dresses?

Can you spot the five differences between slavery and racism (and apartheid)? Will the crowd be able to spot the five differences between the two girls who wear the same prom dress? It happens every year somewhere and it’s sure to happen at Wilcox High School’s prom.

Are segregated proms a litmus test of our feelings toward each other’s prom dresses? If that’s so, then isn’t that an indictment better defended by Nicky Minaj? Get your dress on, girl. I know you din’t put that dress on.

Anthony

April 11th, 2013
10:45 am

I remember in the mid to late 90’s when the principal at Montgomery Co. High solicited the help of a black female teacher to help end the segregated proms. The white community did not like the idea of an integrated prom. I personally don’t think the Superintendent liked the idea either. The black female teacher’s contract was not renewed, and later the principal was dismissed. The Superintendent did come to the prom, and he acted like an idiot in my opinion. Only one white couple who were students attended the prom that year. I’m glad to hear that they now have an integrated prom at Montgomery Co. I agree with all who believe that it is the parents who don’t support the proms.

GB

April 11th, 2013
10:58 am

Georgia

Look up the word “apartheid.” Then get back to me and let me know if you still think it’s “derivation if afro-american.”

Don't Tread

April 11th, 2013
11:05 am

“the kids had separate after parties”

The “after” party is quickly becoming THE party. And soon the libs will be declaring the “after” parties (completely private parties) aren’t “integrated” enough and want them banned. Just wait.

bootney farnsworth

April 11th, 2013
11:29 am

enough with the prom bit already.

there are much bigger issues to deal with

Logical Dude

April 11th, 2013
11:36 am

If the school is not throwing a prom, then there is NO PROM. a private party is not a PROM. (just me being finicky with nomenclature here).

Madge From Accounting

April 11th, 2013
11:36 am

I wonder if those who abhor all that “race mixing” also hate it when the exact same mixing is taking place on the football field, basketball court, or in other “race mixing” areas of high school?

If they have segregated proms, then they should also have segregated sports teams. Period

When you look at a TEAM, what life has taught/shown me is that every member on that team is important; and it takes more than just melanin to make a TEAM work.

Its ridiculous in this day and age, that people are still fighting for one thing, while slyly allowing another to go unobserved. No “mixed race” proms? Then there should be no “mixed race sports” at the school.

All trophies, awards, ribbons, etc – won by a mixed race team, should be forfeited in the name of purity.

Got to have standards don’t ya know………………

Michelle M

April 11th, 2013
11:48 am

The fact that the school-sponsored prom offers an opportunity for an integrated, inclusive event is reason enough that the school should sponsor a prom.

Some people (but only those with the resources to do so) have been using private everything — pools, golf courses, schools, parties, transportation — ever since legal desegregation as a conscious choice to avoid living and going to school in integrated settings, while withdrawing the public will and tax-base support for public amenities that would benefit everyone.

Most of us don’t have the choice, though, once we become part of the work force. Workplaces generally are integrated — and, gee, nothing explosive happens.

Oil and vinegar, my butt. Only if “oil” means “racist” and “vinegar” means non-white. That is not a truism that can be generalized to people as a whole. And if it were, all of us Causasians should still be in Europe right now, with no one except Native Peoples here in America.

Madge From Accounting

April 11th, 2013
11:49 am

When I asked a student why they still did this, they gave an honest reply; they didn’t want to listen to “their” music

Your comment is really funny! Seriously!

In my iPhone/Computer/m3 player – I have the following artists:

Maria Callas

Peggy Lee

Big Mama Thornton

Judy Garland

Run DMC

Leontyne Price

Snoop Dog

WhiteSnake

Bachmann Turner Overdrive

Cindy Lauper

Diana Ross

Chaka Khan

Dave Koz

Al Jarreau

Jackson 5

Michael Jackson

Shop Boyz

Lil Wayne

Wayne Newton

Johnny Cash

John Mayer

Kurt Franklin

etc., etc., etc.,

What’s my point? Except for Callas; the rest of those artists are AMERICAN artists. They come in all different sizes and colors.

Now, can you tell by what I listen to if I’m one of “those people” or not?

The south, in all its infinite glory, in the past 250 years; haven’t even bothered to advance in knowledge one single bit!!

Sad. But true.

Maxine

April 11th, 2013
11:58 am

Why is the prom segregated when the kids are all in the same classroom everyday and interact with each other daily? What’s so sacred about the prom? As far as the music, not all black kids listen to Rap and R&B music and not all white kids listen to Rock and Country music.

Anonymous in DeKalb

April 11th, 2013
11:58 am

@Don’t Tread -

This segregated prom non-story is merely intended to distract the public—from those indicted black Atlanta school officials.

So yes, expect to see endless variations on this theme.

Pride and Joy

April 11th, 2013
12:04 pm

Madge from Accounting…
You are proving our point for many of us. If your personal play list was the music for the prom, I wouldn’t attend. It would be a real snooze fest.

Pride and Joy

April 11th, 2013
12:08 pm

Maxine asks an honest question “What’s so sacred about the prom?”
Did you attend your high school prom, Maxine?
I sure did.
I was in love and our prom was the first adult-like function I was allowed to attend.
We young girls daydream about the prom as we do our own wedding. It’s unlike a school dance. The elegance of wearing a long, floor-length ballgown is something we rarely get to do and even rarer still is bringing someone you love with you who is dressed in formal wear.
When in our lives do we get to wear formal wear? When does “your man” wear a tuxedo?
For many people the high school prom and our wedding is likely the only time.
It’s a special romantic evening and I have life-long fond memories of it.
For many young women like me, the prom is romance.

Grasshopper

April 11th, 2013
12:11 pm

AnonMom, please take some sentence construction classes. I normally hate grammar/typo trolls, but seriously, your post is completely unintelligible.

Kudos to those kids that want to re-integrate their proms. And the administrators trying to help.

Pride and Joy

April 11th, 2013
12:11 pm

This statement is incredibly interesting…
“The south, in all its infinite glory, in the past 250 years; haven’t even bothered to advance in knowledge one single bit!!”
I assume by “in knowledge” you really mean “in racial equality.”
In the past 250 years:
Slavery was abolished
Women earned the right to vote.
Interracial marriage was legalized.
Schools were integrated.
A black man became president.

Hillbilly D

April 11th, 2013
12:28 pm

Never went to the prom and all these years later, I still don’t think I missed a thing. Maybe schools should get out of the prom business and let the cool kids worry about their own parties.

Georgia

April 11th, 2013
1:05 pm

Defining Apartheid. The definition of Apartheid is exactly the difference between segregated and integrated proms and to the extent of that difference totally defines “apartheid”.

Totally.

mike

April 11th, 2013
1:54 pm

Kudos to those four young women who have been friends since the fourth grade inspite of all the negative influences in their lives. Judging from a lot of the comments posted, no wonder Georgia continues to appear backwards. Sooner or later these students will be adults and that old thinking about race hopefully will go away as they raise their kids. There are plenty of people in this country who can learn a lesson from these four outstanding students. Outstanding not because of academics but outstanding in how to treat other people.

Mary Elizabeth

April 11th, 2013
3:11 pm

@ mike, 1:54 pm

Excellent post, mike. Your words reflect truth.

WilieJo

April 11th, 2013
3:25 pm

I wish folks cared as much about ending racial discrimination in Fulton County’s personnel decisions as they do ending segregated proms. It’s fascinating that yet another big race discrimination lawsuit judgement has provoked such a small amount of outrage.
Is it ok for the County to systemically discriminate against white employees? Or black ones?
Maybe folks just think that race based discrimination is the way things are in Fulton County and they can’t be changed.
How many millions of dollars does a commissioner’s reckless words have to cost the country before something is done by the voters?
Segregated proms are private parties. The actions of the Fulton County government are systemic racism practiced by elected officials with taxpayer money.

Beverly Fraud

April 11th, 2013
6:30 pm

Very nice photo; I think we should all celebrate the fact that Huggy Bear from Baretta was on hand to lend his support.

Thankfully, they didn’t see the need to hire Robert Blake for security.

Earl of Ft. Liquordale

April 11th, 2013
6:43 pm

Are we bored yet? The Mrs. and I would like to hear about some real news in the schools up there in Georgia. Miss Sylvia won the pool on when Beverly Hall would finally step down. She got the closest and won over $1200. Abe and Eli now have betting pools for the residents here at the condo on whether the lawyers of Alston & Bird can deliver for Crawford Lewis and whether Richard Deane can hold off the wolves from Beverly Hall. You have to plop down a C note to even get into these two pools.

How can Abe and Eli put this Wilcox County Segregated Prom Sage into a profitable proposition? Will Superintendent Smith fold and issue an edict against the separate proms or will he let this issue define his career? I am sure that some of the old fellows down there in Wilcox County haven´t seen so much excitement since Ole Gene defied the Board of Regents about UGA.

The Mrs. and I are real upset about the N C A A coming after our alma mater again. Not Coming After Alabama (N C A A). Just picking on us Plainsmen. The Mrs. can’t stand that Coach Satan;

Come on, Maureen, give us more stuff to bet on than segregated proms. Pretty soon, I´m gonna be thinking that a trip up to the Great Pompano Flea Market with the Mrs. is going to be exciting.

war eagle

April 11th, 2013
6:56 pm

Why is it that under PC ism/Teleprompter rules, that if someone has a different opinion/point of view, they are called, bigot, racist, homophobe? In the 1970’s it was called Difference of opinon. Are we not allowed to have our own opinon? Must we all think alike? Has the liberal Mafia taken over ? “When I want your opinion I will give it to you?” I am sick of this BS! If people want Seperate but equal- GO FOR IT! Blacks have already started that- Black Caucus, Ms. Black America, NAACP, Black unconcerned preachers, BET, Black players and coaches association, the Negro Basketball Association, and the list goes on and on. The Black leaders went so far as to call themsleves, not black Americans but Africans. And most have never even BEEN ot Africa let alone be born there.Therefore, if people want to have seperate proms, that is THEIR choice and they are entitled to THEIR choice. It is not racist, unless you want to bring up why there are NO white people competing in the Ms. Black America Pageant or in the Black Coaches/players association. Put that in your progressively worse pipe and smoke it!

Earl of Ft. Liquordale

April 11th, 2013
6:57 pm

I better get out of here! I see the Mrs. out in the parking lot!