Prom and Prejudice: 5 Facts

Forget teen angst -- in the past 30 years, there's been far too much racial angst over the high school dance.

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(The Root) — A group of teens in Rochelle, Ga., are fighting to break a very bad local tradition of holding privately funded segregated proms for the students of Wilcox County High School. Yes, that would be a white prom for white kids and a black prom for black kids. As crazy as it seems for students in 2013 to have to lobby their school board for a fully integrated high school dance, it’s not as uncommon as it should be — particularly in Georgia.

Segregation in schools is illegal, but that certainly hasn’t stopped racism — or the power of parents to regulate off-campus extracurricular activities that they pay for. Here are five facts about prom and race that you might not know.