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  •  Funny. I'm in the "back up in the holler, coal (0+ / 0-)

    mine country" South, now. (East Tennessee.) But I was born and spent my first years in Memphis.

    I definitely don't recall use of the n-word anyone in my family saying the word "nigger." (G-d dammit, use the fucking word. It's just a fucking word. Fear of an evil thing only makes it stronger. [JK Rowling.])

    Just once. A cousin of mine from Alabama used it, and my mother slapped his face.  That was in 1967. In Memphis. My mother, raised on a cotton farm in Mississippi County, Arkansas.

    The working poor haven’t abdicated responsibility for their lives. They’re drowning in it. -Ezra Klein

    by bubbajim on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 08:13:45 PM PDT

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    •  This was my experience growing (0+ / 0-)

      up in Eastern NC. I only rarely heard the word and it was usually the same people. Open racism really seemed to vary widely between families.

    •  In 1966 in Nashville, the sheriff said of (0+ / 0-)

      a prisoner who had died in his jail, whose widow was suing, "Damned dead Nigger ain't worth but $10,000," and was astonished that this meant he couldn't be re-elected. I was there for Peace Corps training, including the cross-cultural exercise of checking out the local politics. We talked to a lot of politicians, high and low, and to a lot of concerned citizens of various stripes. I grew up in and around Newark NJ, so it wasn't that surprising to me.

      I also went into the Black YMCA downtown to ask whether that was still true, what the sign said. The manager said that it wasn't any more, but that he had not gotten around to changing the sign. Then he told me about the Civil Rights struggles and lawsuits of the 1930s that he had taken part in right there in Nashville.

      The struggle had been continuous but nearly invisible to most, from Abolition through Reconstruction and the sufferings of Jim Crow until it burst into the light in the modern Civil Rights movement. The struggle continues, and will not end any time soon. But the demographic shifts we see in the US mean that it is gradually going our way, to the despair of those racists and bigots who think it is taking us straight to Hell. Hence the increased vitriol, the louder and nastier screaming, as their numbers shrink ever more.

      America—We built that!

      by Mokurai on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 04:45:03 PM PDT

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