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  •  Excellent...mirrors my exp in Louisiana (0+ / 0-)

    Someone of approx my age raised in the Deep South just would not have had a lot of contact with African Americans.  We had a black maid who spent every day with the 3 children, but we knew little about her life away from us. Bennie was seen by us 3 kids as a person, but only in the context of ourselves and our house.  There were blacks who worked in the kitchen of our restaurant, and we got to know them well...but only in context of the restaurant.  If you did not go to school or church with black kids, you just forgot they were there at all. We were bused past their schools to the white schools, and they were bused past our schools to the black schools. They literally sat in the back of public transportation. We didn't question all this because it's what we were born into and all we knew. Today, it is incredible to me that 2 races lived side-by-side for so long without any meaningful interaction at all. Logical to assume that blacks were fearful of anything but surface interaction....but what were whites afraid of? In my case, it's just because that was the way it was, and I didn't realize it could actually be any different.  For many of us whites, it took the shock of the Civil Rights Movement of the 60's to wake up and see that "hey, there are other people in the south other than who I associate with every day, and they are real people, just like me."  To this day however, the south remains schizophrenic on the issue of race. From what I see on a daily basis, am not confident that it will change any time soon in the DEEP south. The change is coming on the borders of the south, but in Louisiana, MS, AL....not so much. Sigh. (pardon grammatical errors, I'm a math teacher, lol)

    This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top....Lula

    by anninla on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 06:40:15 AM PDT

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