Georgetown Civil War Ball draws criticism and protesters

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — “When a friend of mine pointed out to me that a group of black men working in the cafeteria at Southwestern University were being paid less than he was as a student working there, that is what began to move me in understanding the realities we live in,” Milton Jordan, a protester shared.

76-year-old Milton Jordan says after that moment he has been fighting to get rid of the racism in his heart, but it is an ongoing battle.

“You know it is sort of like an alcoholic. You are never free from it, you are never free from it. And I don’t think a lot of white folks are willing to admit that,” Jordan said.

That is why Jordan and his wife came out to the “Old South Ball” to protest what he calls a hidden meaning of oppression. The ball is a fundraiser for the Williamson Museum in Georgetown and is an extension of their Civil War exhibit.

Attendees like Thomas Bohmfalk, say they don’t see the problem. He views Saturday night as a way to bask in his historical heritage.

“We are going to a dance and we think it is a fun thing. We just graduated from square dancing and this was a forerunner of that so we thought it was a good idea to go and enjoy ourselves,” Bohmfalk said.

He says the celebration is rich in what was once American entertainment tradition.

“These dances were done even a hundred years before 1860. In both the North and the South. It was a cultural dance of the 1960’s no racism involved,” Bohmfalk said.

Earlier this month we told you about how some on the City Council were upset money was granted to advertise the event.

Dance organizers ended up declining the money after the objections.

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