A “Whites Only” High School Reunion? In 2012?

2012 or 1950?

From ABC News:

Graduates from the St. Martinville, LA., Senior High School Class of 1973 decided that after nearly 40 years, they would stop holding segregated class reunions, but a letter announcing the change included an after party for “white graduates only.”

Michael Kreamer, who is the principal of the Louisiana school, said the letter was brought to his attention on Friday morning.

“It’s disappointing to see something like this,” he said. “The school was really not involved at all in it.”

On Sept. 21, a reception will be held at the school, followed by the homecoming football game, which the letter notes all graduates are welcome to attend.

After the game, “white graduates only” are invited to a classmate’s home and are encouraged to bring a “food dish to share.”

I am not all surprised that this ignorance could still happen in 2012. My old high school in Texas sill holds an “Ebony Reunion” for black members of our class. I have always personally chosen not to go to these things because it continues to separate us, even after all these years. (frankly I don’t go to any high school reunions, but if I did I would go to one that included all my old high school friends, not just some). The argument of course is always the same for minority versions of these events, that the main events more represent Whites than everyone else. But I say, if you want more say then plan it and then open it to everyone.

So I don’t agree with the ‘Whites Only’ after party. But I also don’t agree with anybody’s version that excludes.

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