All-white prom night takes away from

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 1:00am

Put yourself in the shoes of a 17-year-old black student at Taylor County High School in Butler, Ga., about 150 miles south of Atlanta.

For weeks you watch the news and see an integrated American military machine take apart Saddam Hussein's regime. You read on the BlackAmerica Web site that about 18 percent of U.S. casualties in Iraq were African American. You see the country celebrating a great victory and waving the flags of patriotism.

Then you come to school and find out some students in your class are holding an all-white prom.

How would you react if you were that kid? You can't sue because the event is being held off-campus. It's a private party, and no person of color is welcome. Yet the party is being held under the banner of Taylor High's junior prom. Yes, there is an alternative prom where everyone is welcome, but still a number of your classmates do not want to celebrate with you.

The night the all-white prom happened, May 2, I sent a producer and camera crew to interview the all-white partygoers. Guess what. None of them would talk to us. Neither would the adults who chaperoned the event. But the students did express themselves in another way

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