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  •  So, how is this relevant today? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

    by shrike on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 04:25:49 PM PDT

    •  I think a lot of younger people (8+ / 0-)

      really have no idea how bad it was in the relatively recent past. Never hurts to educate them.

      •  Agree. Although, IMHO, not necessarily just (5+ / 0-)

        "younger" people.

        I'm in my 7th decade & still being educated about how bad it was and still is.

        The first film representation of an African American that I watched was The Imitation of Life (circa 1959).  

        It was also the first time that I had even seen an African American

        It would be another 5 or 6 years before I attended school with an African American & another decade before seeing a few in the community.  

        When I moved to the south in the '80's, there were no African Americans in the area I lived.  Zero-none.  

        Freaked me out.  My kiddos were repeating my own childhood experience & not by design.  

        One of the first African American families to move into the area happened to purchase a home in our neighborhood a few years later.  

        Although never discussed, it could not have been easy for this family.  Especially since some neighbors had a freak out about "home values" which totally p% me off.

        My kiddos became & remain best friends of the kiddos of this family.  Fortunately, things have changed in that the area has become much more diverse & my grandkiddos are only familiar with diversity.

        Probably a lot of different gens with similar experiences that could use some enlightenment.

    •  dispells ingnorance and (2+ / 0-)
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      kaliope, Lying eyes

      explains why some seemingly relatively innocuous acts are deeply wounding to Black people. They have symbolic and historical meaning.

      People don't get the impact when they don't know the history.

      On DK a few months ago for example a younger person was asking how it's different putting on Blackface on Halloween to portray a Black musician (that one admires) is at any way harmful or different than dressing up (hair, clothes) to be someone else on Halloween. Or why it was different than putting on Clown makeup. Actually am being too nice, the person didn't wonder. They insisted they knew it was fine.

      Turned out they DID NOT UNDERSTAND the history. So they dismissed complaints.

      This is very common. People dismiss member's of minority power communities (Not Christian, Not Male, Not White Not Straight, currently in the US) complaints sometimes as "being forced to be PC" or "making a big deal out of nothing" or "being oversensitve" when, I see, they really do not understand the history or why it hurts.

      Those that do not have any part of who they are as being in a historically less powerful group especially have it harder becuase they haven't experienced being a minority in any dimension, it' s a bigger stretch.

      All I can say is that when members of a minority group are bothered by something it does not mean they are just wanting attention or making a mountain out of a molehill. In all cases I"ve seen, it's because what is being done or said HURTS because of the history.

      Happens on the left with Jews and some over the line stuff even here on DK when talking about Israel/Palestine, for example. Hard to complain about the over the line are just "oversensitive".

      Sorry there' s history.

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