Sunday, April 15, 2007

Segregation still exists in America


My husband and I retired and were looking for a warmer climate and better cost of living. Ashburn is the best of everything - small town charm, friendly people, inexpensive living, and a great place to raise a family.
-Sue Mastrario moved from New jersey in 1992


This comment was taken from the Ashburn Chamber of Commerce website. Yet for 15 years after their prom remained racially segregated. Small town America has a sense of charm - primarily if you are white and Godly. Hicks are quite prevalent oustide of metropolitan areas, but the backwards mentality must be challenged. They can be 21st century hicks, with a more conscious perspective.

I hear from many male caucasian friends and acquaintances that "equality has been reached already for everyone." It isn't always stated overtly, but often it is. If that were the case Social Conservatives would have no reason to exist. Obviously we need to continue the progressive social agenda of true equality and opportunities for all beings. The argument is always about to what degree. Obviously I feel 100%, but most Americans feel we don't need that quite yet.

Here's the AP article:

ASHBURN, Ga. (AP) - There have always been two proms for students at Turner County High School in Ashburn, Georgia: one for whites and one for blacks. But not this year. The students have decided to hold one prom, with every junior and senior invited. The theme for the April 21st dance is "Breakaway." About 55 percent of students at Turner County High are black and most of the rest are white. Senior class president James Hall, who is black, says it was time for a change. Ashburn, which is located about 75 miles south of Macon, has about four-thousand residents. There also was another big change this year. Instead of a white and black homecoming queen, there was just one, a mixed-race student.

1 comment:

Suzi Mastrario said...

As a 2008 graduate of this 'hick school' and having moved here in 1992 with my father, two sisters and my mother, Sue Mastrario, who was quoted in this article, I can tell you the true facts about the two seperate proms. For years there have always been two seperate proms not associated with Turner County High School at all, and contrary to popular belief it was not segregated based on race but on preference. Having attended both the school sponsored prom and the so-called "private" prom I can vouche that the seperate proms were not seperated because of racial views, but was simply based on indicivual preference. To my knowledge no black person was ever turned away from going to the so-called white prom and vice versa. There were actually several people who attended both proms. I do not take kindly to the criticism the Turner County High School class of 2007 has brought to our whole community. They have truly made our county look like racist hicks by putting forth statements suggesting they are having a 'first integrated prom' when in reality the only first they brought to Turner County High School is the first SCHOOL SPONSORED prom.
Thanks,
Suzi Mastraio