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Nathan DealDeep in the heart of old Dixie, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued a statement through his spokesperson that he would not be supporting Wilcox High School’s attempt to organize their first integrated prom, reports the Huffington Post.

“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,” wrote Brian Robinson in an email to WMAZ-TV.

According to BetterGeorgia.com, nine politicians in the state, including 3 Republicans, have supported the apparently controversial idea of White and Black classmates drinking punch and dancing together, but Deal would rather hide his bigotry behind political gamesmanship.

Read more from HuffPost below:

Wilcox County High School, located in Rochelle, Ga., is planning to have its first integrated prom this year, thanks to the efforts of a small group of students who organized and fundraised for the event. The Georgia NAACP helped the students’ effort by lobbying the Wilcox County School Board to end the practice of segregated proms.

In the past, students have attended racially segregated proms. The dances were funded by the county’s families, not by the school.

Still, efforts to organize a prom where students of any race could attend were met with hostility.

“I put up posters for the integrated prom and we’ve had people ripping them down at the school,” Keela Bloodworth, one of the students who led the effort to host the integrated event, told WSAV.

The school’s principal, Chad Davis, said that school officials will consider having an official prom in 2014, according to a statement on the school’s website.

See the HuffPost Live conversation on the efforts to integrate the prom below:

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