Sep 4, 2012

The more things change the more they stay the same.

For the past 30 years, the St. Martinville Class of 1973 has held a segregated reunion.  There would be one reunion held for the black students and one held for white students.  I guess it would be safe to assume that ther were no other ethniticites to graduate from St. Martinsville in the year of 1973.

Well the organizers of this year's reunion decided they wanted to do something different (i.e. radical) and ***Clutches Pearls*** have ONE reunion.  Now don't get me wrong, I do realize that in the year 2012 it is a very radical idea to have black and white people mingling at a high school reunion together.  I mean just think what the Grand Wizard of the klan is going to think about all this co-mingling going on honey.

Well, the kumbaya moment came to a crashing halt when a invitation for an afterparty went out announcing it was for 'White Graduates Only'.

Here is how the story is being reported:

According to ABC News, someone sent out the invite based on last year’s wording without changing it to include everyone.

The letter runs down the events for Sept. 21: A 5:30 p.m. reception; the 7 p.m. homecoming football game; and an “after game get together: (white graduates only).”

“Bring your own refreshments and food dish (to share),” the invite adds.

The letter also mentions a party the next evening for “all graduates” of the Class of ‘73.

Michael Kreamer, principal of St. Martinville Senior High School, said he began receiving calls about the letter Friday, but told KATC the school was not involved with the invite.

“I’m just a little disappointed that something like this comes up,” he said. “I don’t think that it looks good for the school but ... it has nothing to do with St. Martinville Senior High. So I hope people don’t take that the wrong way.”

Facebook users described how the high school has had segregated activities in the past, but younger generations have been trying to change that.

“If you are not from this area, most people do not understand the segregation that took place and is still taking place,” wrote a Facebook user saying she graduated in 2001, “however we have to look at the positive in this reunion, they want to come together as one.” source

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