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    Grizzard is right. I grew up in Northern Alabama. Born in 1950 I lived in a small town with no black people as residents.  This town has been memorialized by the sign that once was on the outskirts warning black people not to be caught within the city limits when the sun went down. I personally witnessed the institutional racism as well as the cultural indoctrination as I grew up.

    I was once roundly chastised by an acquaintance (he was no way a friend of mine) for picking up the hat of a black man that had blown out the window of a passing automobile. It occured while on a 10 mile hike on I-65 to get my hiking merit badge. I had thought the scout slogan was for all scouts to apply to all situations. I was obviously seriously mistaken.

    Make no mistake, even when I go home to Alabama today, I find the situation as not materially changed. It has only burrowed more deeply into the background...but it is always there.

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