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  •  Born, raised and lived here all my life (7+ / 0-)

    which come next June will be 60 years.  Had a brief sojourn to Tennessee for a year, but other than that, it's always been Texas.  And, yes, I love a lot of things Texas.  But my mother was a very rare creature:  a liberal Democrat in a small East Texas town.  I saw a lot of racism growing up.  Blacks and whites lived in different "communities" when I was a kid.  Segregation came when I started junior high.  But my mother ran a grocery store and was the only one in the area that would stay open in the summer late so that the people coming in from the fields (yes, picking cotton) could buy groceries.  We also delivered groceries to folks, both black and white, who weren't able to get out due to disabilities or sickness.  My family were all very active in gospel music, and I would bet we spent more time visiting in black churches than just about any other white folks in the county.

    Now I live in Dallas, and while there are still a lot of outright racists and rednecks who wouldn't consider themselves racist but sometimes lean that way are still here, we have become much more blue in recent years.  It's a lot easier to find a fellow progressive than you might imagine.

    I have hope for Texas, because it really can be a great place to live.  And I take pride in our district attorney and our sheriff.  I still hope to live to see a blue Texas!

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. W.B. Yeats

    by SweetAuntFanny on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:14:36 PM PST

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      in case I confused anyone DEsegregation started in my school in junior high.  

      The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. W.B. Yeats

      by SweetAuntFanny on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:23:53 PM PST

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      •  wondered about that - thx for correction n/t (0+ / 0-)

        "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

        by fhcec on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:31:07 PM PST

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    •  I can relate to your experience (2+ / 0-)
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      fhcec, auapplemac

      in many deeply personal ways ... having grown up in the Jim Crow south with P-rents who were actively involved in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the non-violent integrationist movement led by Dr. MLK.

      Wow.  We've come a long way ... and many miles yet to go.

      Thank you for your comment Sweet Aunt Fanny.

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