August 27, 2010
Written by Sue · Filed Under U.S.
4 Responses to “Miss. School Restricts Class President to Whites, Blacks Have to Settle for VP or Less”
This is not uncommon in schools in some southern states. I taught high school for over 30 years at a school in Middle GA. The policies at this school for homecoming queen and class elections for president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and parliamentarian had the same race based rules until the late 1990s. The rule for homecoming queen was kept until around 2004. The rule on for the election of the homecoming queen was only changed when one of our students whose heritage was Asian Indian had parents who questioned the BOE about the rule. The BOE changed the rule, and Trupti ran and won the title of Homecoming Queen. The school claimed that the reason it kept these race based rules had to do with being “fair.” The students saw no reason for the rules because they’d known each other since pre-K. This school is also located in a small community and is still the only high school in the city.
Your article is both misleading and false. Read the real story to get your facts straight.
I can confirm that such policies were once common in southern schools as a misguided attempt at “affirmative action.” My high school selected the homecoming queen based on race until my senior year (1977) when the policy was discontinued – and we elected a Japanese homecoming queen. And Erick, when you say an article is misleading and false you’re supposed to offer at least one specific example to support your charge.
“Uncommon” or not, it’s a serious civil rights violation. Why aren’t the people who made this policy facing large fines, firing, or even jail time?
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