Sadly, this sort of thing has been going on for a long time. I have a friend who was stationed in the south and in the few years he spent living near the base he’d witnessed the local high school holding two prom dances. Its “secret prom” for all the white kids, was held at a country club. They skipped the “real prom” which was attended by everyone else.
It reads like some twisted John Hughes movie.
Anyway, I guess we can write off another generation of white southerners. The tradition Jim Crowe lives on as parents show their kids how they can deal with de-segregation in a quasi-legal fashion.
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.