Staff editorial: Segregated prom proves country still has issues of race equality to resolve


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The year is 1954.
The Brown v. Board of Education case breaks out and rules the “separate but equal” segregated schools are unconstitutional. Black children can finally attend the nicer white schools.
Fast forward.
The year is 1964.
The Civil Rights Act is passed and segregation is banned in all public places. There are no more “whites only” waiting rooms, restaurants or bathrooms. Everyone is equal under the law.
Fast forward.
The year is 2013.
All racial segregation issues should be long gone, right?
This April, Georgia high school students hosted their first racially-integrated prom.
According to, since segregated schools are illegal, proms in Wilcox County have not been sponsored by the schools.
However, according to the Wilcox County School District website, when the students in charge of the integrated prom approached administration proposing to host integrated proms, administration was on board with the idea.
According to the site, “[The] Leadership Team will place the 2014 Prom on its agenda for a meeting in the near future.”
So, no, not everyone in the town believes in segregation ­— many statements on the news and from students and adults alike prove how far this country has come. But, this shouldn’t even be an issue in the news anymore.
Sure, these kids can go to school together, play sports together and hang out together, but yet they couldn’t go to prom together.
After 59 years, there are still places in America where not everyone is equal regardless of the color of their skin?
We, as a nation, should be past this. No matter where you live in America, whether it be in the deep South or a northern city, everyone must be equal. Anyone who hasn’t realized that fact belongs back in 1954.
We have an African American president for crying out loud.
If this issue can’t be fully resolved soon, we can never move forward. This country needs to get rid of the racism completely before we can expect to see any other changes.
We’ve come so far from our nation’s past, too bad there are still people out there who haven’t.