Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has refused to take sides on Wilcox County’s first ever racially integrated high school prom.
A group called Better Georgia, which says it advocates “progressive solutions to problems facing Georgia,” asked the Republican governor to speak out on the matter. The ProgressNow affiliate asked Deal and other representatives "to publicly support the students of Wilcox County who are fighting to end a 'separate-but-equal' high school prom."
"This is a leftist front group for the state Democratic party and we're not going to lend a hand to their silly publicity stunt,” Deal’s spokesman Brian Robison said in an email.
A group of students at Wilcox High School, who pushed to have their prom finally integrated with both black and white students, claimed the separate proms are “embarrassing.”
Better Georgia, in a statement, called on four Democratic and three Republican State Representatives to show their support to the Wilcox students.
School officials said they had no control over the separated “proms” students held each year. The school does not have an official prom, but parents used private money to fund annual parties, which have previously been whites-only, 13WMAZ reported.
Students at the school started a Facebook page calling for the first integrated prom in 2013. The page has over 22,000 likes on Facebook.
Wilcox County school officials claim they are considering holding an official prom in 2014.