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  •  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.

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