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  •  I think he was influenced by his Dad because (1+ / 0-)
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    my Grandfather had lost his farm in Nebraska and moved his family to the Rocky Mountains.  My Grandfather became just as unsuccessful as a rancher as he was a farmer.  

    My Dad was raised in Libby, Montana.  He quit school and went to work at age 12.  I would be surprised if he came in contact with any black people at that time.

    We lived in Pacso, Washington for a while when the Grand Coulee Dam was being built.   There were many black people brought in to help build the dam.   The government had built new housing for all of the people that were brought in from other States to work on it.  My Dad worked for Washington Water Power at that time and became quite bitter that people working on the dam were given free, new housing.  My parents said that the people living in the free housing just completely trashed the houses. My Dad had worked very hard and educated himself for everything we had.  I think the situation there really confirmed in his mind what he had been raised to believe.

    I grew up in a mining town in Wallace, Idaho where we moved after leaving Pasco.  My Dad started his own Electrical Contracting Business.

    Blacks were not allowed to rent a room to even stay overnight in Northern Idaho.  Marion Anderson came to my town to sing when I was a young teenager.  She could not find a place to stay overnight anywhere and had to go to Spokane, Washington before her concert.
    The movie theater was packed on the night of her concert, I was there.

    I was so outraged about that.  It was my first exposure to racial bias except for being called "nigger lips" (I had a full mouth) when other kids were bulling me.

    I think when you are bullied as a child you learn early to have compassion and understanding for others that are bullied or demeaned.  Or, if you are a sociopath, you turn into an even worse, vicious bully like Romney.  Not that I think Romney was ever bullied, he was always the leader of the bully.

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