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  •  The little SW Louisiana town (2+ / 0-)
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    where my husband was born and grew up still has a white and black side. The oldest white people might still call the black side "N***town" amongst themselves. The kids say "Blacktown."

    The schools are integrated, but white parents spend the money to send their kids to parochial or other private school if they can possibly afford it, so only poorer whites and blacks go to public school. The Catholic school is integrated too, so black parents who can afford it send their kids there. There are two Catholic churches -- not officially segregated, of course, but people go where they feel comfortable.

    The welfare office is on the black side of town. White people who need those services wouldn't dream of walking there if they could possibly help it.

    There's such a strong, unspoken undercurrent of racism -- it's hard to describe. It makes the culture kinda schizophrenic I think. When half a town's great-grandparents were OWNED by some of the rest of the town's ancestral population, and such an obvious thing as skin-color attests to who owned who, and no one's ever really spoken openly about the situation, it's hard to see how anyone can bear the tension.

    Abolishing open segregation is only the first step to real integration and the end of racism, and in at least that small southern town it doesn't seem like anyone's moved much past the first step.

    (I'm a true Northerner (white) by birth, lived in Louisiana for about 18 years, more or less against my will -- loved lots of things about it, but felt the tension of historical and present-day racism as a real psychological stress on me and my children, almost as much as on those born and bred there.)

    "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

    by congenitalefty on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:49:56 PM PST

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    •  Still, and it should not be. (0+ / 0-)

      Oppression....Other than shameful, and evil, no other word desribes this kind of depressed life.  Still these folks smile through the tears of feeling less owned as so beautifully put, as their grandparents.  From the Dakota Indian tribes to the bayous of Louisiana, we should hang our heads in shame.

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      by Vetwife on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:24:02 PM PST

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