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article image'White graduates only' reunion party sparks outrage

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By Yukio Strachan     Sep 3, 2012 in Lifestyle
Louisiana’s St. Martinville Senior High School has gotten some unwanted attention this week after a reunion letter found its way online announcing an event for “white graduates only.”
St. Martinville Senior High School's Class of 1973 has been holding segregated class reunions since 1973. They would hold on for the white students and one for the black students.
But reunion organizers say that this year was going to be different.
"This year, 2012, was going to be the first year that we were going to integrate it," Liz Chance, one of the organizers of the event at the Louisiana school, told KATC-TV news.
Chance said the group had originally planned to have separate parties again this year, but then changed their minds to have everyone celebrate together. But someone messed up and the old plans were sent out by accident Saultstar news said.
“I don’t understand why this went the way it did,” she said.
Someone posted the letter online where it said that the "white graduates only" would be attending an after party event.
On Sept. 21, a reception will be held at the school, followed by the homecoming football game, which the letter notes all graduates are welcome to attend, ABC news states.
A post-game get-together at a classmate’s home, however, is listed for "White Graduates Only." Those who decide to attend are encouraged to bring a “food dish to share.”
Louisiana’s St. Martinville Senior High school reunion invitation for  White Graduates Only.
Louisiana’s St. Martinville Senior High school reunion invitation for "White Graduates Only."
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St. Martinville Senior High School Principal Michael Kreamer wasn't happy with the news. He said the letter was brought to his attention on Friday morning, the same day he started receiving phone calls.
"I'm just a little disappointed that something like this comes up. I don't think that it looks good for the school, but again as I said it has nothing to do with St. Martinville Senior High," Kreamer told KATC. "So I hope people don't take that the wrong way."
According to the NY Daily News, 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.”
(Full reunion letter pictured here)
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