Eat at Nicks: in America everyone is equal
…it’s just that some are more equal than others. That’s just one of the many uneasy truths stated by George Orwell which are still a sad part of the daily life in our “sophisticated” Western societies. While especially US citizens (and people of my city) are so proud about the level of freedom and liberty they believe to have reached, it’s time after time America where some use pseudo-achievements of our “democratic” system like the often cited free speech as an excuse for a kind of hate that leaves people in other Western countries speechless – even if they have their own faults. No small number of them.
While one shouldn’t overlook the fact that many Americans are just as disgusted by what is happening in their country every day it’s still hard to imagine that a story like the following could take place in any other halfway modern state.
It’s sickening to imagine how many parents and students had to be involved to pull off this disgusting caper at a country club in Fulton, Miss. Short version: The Itawamba County School District cancelled their prom in the face of a challenge from a lesbian couple that had been denied tickets. The announced compromise was a private prom at which all would be welcome. But that prom was sham. Only the lesbian couple and six others showed up. Such a coincidence that the only two disabled students of the school were also sent to the fake prom.
The “real” prom for the straight kids and the mainstream kids, was secretly held somewhere else. Kids sometimes they don’t know any better. And occasionally you’ll find some parents who don’t know any better. Bigots. Fools. Wicked people. But virtually an entire community of parents and teens had to conspire to pull this off. They defend the phony prom, saying the students were exercising their free expression rights and wanted a “drama-free” prom.
Evidently something similar happened to the first African American girl to integrate Jones Valley High School in Birmingham Ala.:
(Carolyn King) spent all Saturday getting ready, fixing her hair, slipping into the pink floral dress her mother finished the week before….She and her date drove that 1965 night with her father and a retinue of supporters and protectors toward the high school gym. They turned the corner. The gymnasium was dark, empty…..White mothers of the prom planners had kept the location of the Jones Valley High prom a secret so she couldn’t attend….”Of course they all taunted me about it — `Did you like the prom, Caroline?’”