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  •  Our DC experience was different (12+ / 0-)

    We lived in DC only a couple of months in the summer of 1972, but have been back to visit over the years.

    We were 23, born and raised in Iowa, and were "fresh off the turnip truck."

    We had a one room apartment in a neighborhood that was undergoing "gentrification." It was of mixed race and income. We had no car so had to shop locally unless we were lucky enough to be invited to shop with friends at a suburban grocery where you could buy fresh produce.

    The local laundromat we used had signage in both English and Spanish. We did not fear walking in the area. In fact, we loved walking everywhere in DC as you could go from one world to another just walking. We considered it great entertainment and being broke the price was right.

    I remember an incident one of those first weeks. We had gone to a nearby department story to purchase something. We were walking about looking for the item when we simultaneously looked at each other then around the store.

    Of a couple hundred people (shoppers, cashiers and police), we were the only white people. That never happened in Iowa.

    No one was paying us any attention. We continued shopping and never felt threatened.

    For a couple of hicks from Iowa, it was a positive experience into the racially integrated world we were entering.

    I don't know what consciousness is or how it works, but I like it.

    by SocioSam on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 09:57:51 AM PDT

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