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Well, just when we thought someone had done the right thing and removed the ban on the prom that was prohibiting Constance McMillan to go with her girlfriend, I read this:

from the Advocate: To avoid Constance McMillen bringing a female date to her prom, the teen was sent to a "fake prom" while the rest of her class partied at a secret location at an event organized by parents.

McMillen tells The Advocate that a parent-organized prom happened behind her back — she and her date were sent to a Friday night event at a country club in Fulton, Miss., that attracted only five other students. Her school principal and teachers served as chaperones, but clearly there wasn't much to keep an eye on.


On top of that, two of the 7 were learning disabled kids, proving that this pathetic excuse for a community discriminated against more than just lesbian students. This outrages me even more. Parents and staff of the school were well aware of what was happening and went right along with it. Highschool is hard enough but when your "elders" punk you and don't support diversity or acceptance, how in the hell are these kids going to act when they grow up? These so-called adults are responsible for promoting homophobia, bigotry and hatred.

What year is this?

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Just... wow.
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This angers me so much but I think the AHA sponsored prom is still on for next month
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Does this really surprise you? Some of those dumb bastards still think they won the civil war. HHH
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We didnt? when did that rule change?
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This is an absolutely abhorrent act of discrimination. In particular it disturbs me deeply that the African-American students could even participate in such an event as a "secret prom".  Sufficient to say I don't expect better with the public education system. However, if these young African-Americans knew their local history they would find that this same stunt was pulled 45 years ago in Mississippi on a young black girl named Carolyn Tasmiya Miller during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

It would appear that there is no tolerance for anyone who doesn't fit the chosen elite "cool kids" status. For me it all to well shines a light upon a factual reality about the United States.  Publicly we may like to show ourselves as an advanced and tolerant society willing to engage multiple paradigms and welcoming variety in opinion.  However, nothing could be farther from the truth.  Far too much of the U.S. still lives in a sheltered, isolated, and homogeneous world. If the only opinions you ever encounter are similar to your own, how then can there ever truly be a robust and open dialogue about change?

As for the parents, I do not even know where to begin.  It's sick and evil.  Truly, lack of judgement does not even begin to describe this.  I think I am more appalled that so many adults could band together for such an act in secrecy.  I could understand if the parents felt so strongly about their religious values and Constance and her date that they wanted to publicly hold a separate event.  I could respect that, even if I still would find it appalling.  The secrecy here is what is important to me.  Clearly the parents and faculty/staff involved knew that what they were doing was wrong and that if it was publicly known they would be crucified (pun at their expense intended).

As for the students with disabilities?   I can't even begin to talk about it.  When I was growing up my elementary school was the local magnet school for students with disabilities.  I grew up in the country, so financial resources with students with special needs were best left to a single school.  In hindsight, of course, I can see how socially disadvantageous that is to these students, but that's not important.

I grew up with some of my friends and playmates being students with disabilities.  I even was chosen to be a facilitator for a student with severe autism who could only communicate by a handheld computer on which he typed what he was trying to communicate. So, this issue is so deeply infuriating to me that I can't even begin to put into words how much malice I feel in my heart for the people involve in planning this event.

That's it.  I'm done.  I got to stop before I start to word vomit.  Later peeps.

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In particular it disturbs me deeply that the African-American students could even participate in such an event as a "secret prom".


DrErotic, what are you saying here?

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He obviously does not live in the south. The white and the african-american students have had separate proms for years! And looking around here lately, it wont be long before there are 3 proms every year. White, african-american and latino...
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Wait, what? Still? Am I reading this right? You're saying, in 2010 in your state, there are segregated proms?
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Really, Roadie? OMG. What if the couple are not both from the same part of the world? My oldest child is engaged to a Latino man, my second youngest dd is dating an Asian boy, my son's GF is 1/4 African American and my youngest has two "little boyfriends" one of whom has a parent from Brazil (i guess that makes him Latino, even though he's blond like most Brazilians)  and one boy who is from India.


We live in a very Heritage Open Atmosphere. We don't even think about "race" where I live. (Chicago.)

My family would be a Dixie Nightmare! LOL!

(Although years ago, our families though My Man and I were weird. He's from an Eastern European Family and I'm Mediterranean. Some people thought that was strange. (My dad used to ask me "Can't you find a nice (insert  Family Ethnicity here) boy?" I'd answer, "No Daddy, not really." When we were younger, most people still mostly married within their "Heritage" but I don't agree this is a good idea, either politically or genetically speaking. But, even then, you could bring whoever you wanted to Prom.)



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He obviously does not live in the south.


I'm born and raised from the State of West Virginia Roadie, so you can nit pick on geography if you would like, but I am an a southerner.

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DrErotic, what are you saying here?


Looking back on my own words, I suppose I was trying to express that I felt a race of people who only as recently as 50 years ago were publicly fighting for rights in the streets would feel more strongly against such a secretive act.  However, using hindsight, I can see that my intent doesn't have enough logical basis to hold up to scrutiny, so I surrender the point and discard it as meritless.  Thanks for calling me on that one ToyPro.

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No offense was intended about where you were from Dr E.

I may have gotten this thread a little off subject. The point I was trying to make was there is so little tolerance in this country for anything that doesnt conform to a majority way of thinking...even if you dont agree with the maority...or the majority is just the ones that holler the loudest.

And, yes, there are still segragated proms in this part of the country.

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I was just confused, Dr E! Got it now.
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Roadie, what do couples whom each come from a different Heritage do for the Prom?

I think my kids would just refuse the entire thing, if this was the case.


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P'Gell...there are not a lot of openly mixed couples in this part of the world. Not in the 'prom age' anyway. And, from what I understand, if they are a mixed couple, they dont go...no clue what they do...but its not the prom...
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