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Your Daily WTF: Louisiana High School Alumni Invite ‘Whites-Only to Reunion

St. Martinville Senior High School

It's hard to imagine that people with this kind of intellect actually graduated from anything

It’s not like racism went away entirely when the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. On the contrary, you don’t have to look far in any direction on any given day to see examples of discrimination.

However, even though racism is still alive and well, it’s mostly not as plain as the color of the nose on your face. Mostly.

A high school in Louisiana is organizing a reunion for the class of 1973, and in doing so, blatantly invited “white graduates only” to an after-party.

Let’s be clear: This didn’t happen in 1973. This happened in 2012.

But wait. It gets worse.

What makes this situation even more awful — if that’s possible — is that the wording on the invitation was a mistake, according to the New York Daily News (via KATC/ABC News).

St. Martinville Senior High School in St. Martinville, Louisiana, has traditionally held segregated reunions, and this year was meant to be the first one in which they held an integrated reunion. The wording on the invite was from last year’s reunion. Which means the segregated reunion was an annual occurrence up through last year — 2011.

The high school’s principal told the TV station that the school was not involved with the racist shenanigans.

“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.”

If there’s an upside to the situation it’s that at least the racist tradition was meant to be broken this year.

The downside, however, is just too sickening for there to be any room left for an upside.

Photo credit: KATC/ABC News

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