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Segregated Proms, Really???

I agree with the one comentator who said,"I can't believe we're even having this conversation."  I honestly didn't even know that segrated proms still happened anywhere in this country, but quite a stir has been caused in Wilcox County, Georgia after four students have decided to organize the first ever "integrated" prom, as the New York Times has reported.

The only defense offered for the segrated proms in the article is that blacks and whites have different musical tastes and have different traditions.  Note that the defense was not made by a student, that attendees of the "white" prom decline to comment, and that the first "integrated" prom has been organized by two white and two black students.  Personally I don't believe that there isn't any common ground in musical interests, but even if there isn't I'll bet the blacks would rather have a common experience and that the whites would be receptive to it.  Unlike in the 1950's young people have access to the rest of the world at the push of a button and probably know that this isn't normal.

Personally I believe that those who believe in segregation are a drag on the advancement of humanity.  I have often wondered why some minorities still seem to want to segregate themselves and walk around with this attitude that you can't make it so don't try.  Maybe there's a reason.  I also wonder what Wilcox County does if they have an Indian student.

I saw a show once on the History Channel about the modern day KKK.  These people hide behind Christianity.  I guess they never heard of Pentecost, when the disciples were given power to speak the gospel in ALL languages, so that ALL who had gathered from afar could hear and understand in their own language.  I guess they also never considered that Jesus Christ was a middle eastener.  I know that none of the proponents of the segrated proms are saying they want to hang anyone, it's just a less extreme version of the absurdity.  These people need to realize that they don't have to keep doing something just because that's the way it's always been done.


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