You might read that title and think, “There’s a place with segregated high school proms? You mean, by race?” Yes, the parents of students who attend a high school in Wilcox County, Georgia, USA have held a white prom and a black prom for years, as well as white and black homecoming dances. If students who are anything but white attend the white prom, police appear to escort them away: “That was the case just last year as a biracial student was turned away by police.”
But this year, four girls have decided to work for a change, and an integrated prom, for reasons including the splendid reason that they are friends who cannot attend prom together. There are many things about this that I like, including their FaceBook page to raise money for holding an integrated prom. I toy with using their efforts as an example in my ethical theory class. Girls, good on you for being motivated by friendship to change one corner of the world.