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Gillian Laub for The New York Times

Many readers of NewsOne and Just Curious complain that, often, we are fear-mongering; that, somehow, by bringing attention to things that are curiously offensive, we are further entrenching ourselves in the stereotypes that hold our communities back.

I wonder what some of you have to say about this story. This type of racism is an ugly vestige of things that many of you think we’ve somehow transcended because we put a Black man in office. Such is not the case, clearly.

To be sure, it is NOT the attention we bring to stories like these that is holding us back. It is the reality of the stories themselves.

Take a look. And let me hear your thoughts.


About now, high-school seniors everywhere slip into a glorious sort of limbo. Waiting out the final weeks of the school year, they begin rightfully to revel in the shared thrill of moving on. It is no different in south-central Georgia’s Montgomery County, made up of a few small towns set between fields of wire grass and sweet onion. The music is turned up. Homework languishes. The future looms large. But for the 54 students in the class of 2009 at Montgomery County High School, so, too, does the past. On May 1 – a balmy Friday evening – the white students held their senior prom.

And the following night – a balmy Saturday – the black students had theirs.

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