Prom as a Community’s Litmus Test

Even though popular media would have us believe that prom is the apex of a American teen’s high school experience, often it turns out to be the opposite. Over-spending, binge-drinking and date-rape not withstanding, every year brings a new round of sad prom stories – kids who are forced to dress a certain way, who can’t bring their date of choice, and who are segregated by race.

So I have to say, I wasn’t entirely surprised to hear that Mississippi lesbian teen Constance McMillan was cheated into attending a fake prom while her classmates attended the real deal somewhere else. After all, small minds breed even smaller behavior.

It seems that events organized around fluffy dresses – proms and weddings – are the true litmus tests of a community’s acceptance, diversity, and (yes, folks) moral behavior.

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