Sunday, July 19, 2009

Welcome to the twenty-first century

ASHBURN, Georgia (CNN) -- Students of Turner County High School started what they hope will become a new tradition: Black and white students attended the prom together for the first time on Saturday.

In previous years, parents had organized private, segregated dances for students of the school in rural Ashburn, Georgia, 160 miles south of Atlanta.

"Whites always come to this one and blacks always go to this one," said Lacey Adkinson, a 14-year-old freshman at the school of 455 students -- 55 percent black, 43 percent white.
The students were the ones who knew it was time:
Inside the auditorium, students put the controversy aside and danced for hours. Stone said he was pleased with the outcome. About 150 students, including some dates from other schools, attended.

Students leaving the prom praised the evening.

"We been separated for a while. I sure appreciate how the school got all of us together, and we had a blast" said John Holmes, 16.

Aneisha Gipson, who was crowned prom queen, said the night could not have been better.

"Amazing. It was absolutely amazing. It was perfect."

Superintendent Ray Jordan said he couldn't be more proud of Stone and his students.

"If I could write this story it would be a story of celebration of students making a difference for themselves and for future students. I believe they wanted to leave their mark, and I certainly believe they've done that."


Steve Bates said...

Splendid. This could have happened literally decades ago if it weren't for the... students? no, the parents. How many more decades before this kind of thing is typical in every high school in America? I may not live to see it, but if I had kids, they probably would. Dog knows it's time.

ellroon said...

We can all learn something from kids today who have no fear of gays, no fear of anyone's race, no understanding of the prejudices that bind so many others. (Of course ignoring all other ugliness and rudeness that they express so readily.. I'm in the middle of a platitude here!)

I think racism will be bred out of us, Steve. We will be a wonderfully mongrel race, as it should be.

Steve Bates said...

"All we need is a voluntary, free-spirited, open-ended program of procreative racial deconstruction. Everybody just gotta keep fuckin' everybody 'til they're all the same color." - Bulworth

ellroon said...

Which is the very thing the white supremacists are so frightened of... how will they tell who they can hate?