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  •  I live in Cleveland. I'm white. (3+ / 0-)
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    Older Black people finally stopped looking down in my presence... um... huh. It was around 2008 actually. I wonder what happened in 2008 that changed things?

    No joke. It was the strangest thing when I realized in the 1980s that many Black people born before about 1945 or so would just reflexively act deferential around white people. Those generations are dying out, but I do think the election of Obama gave Black Americans a huge emotional boost. I don't see the downcast, avoidant eyes anymore.

    But yes, it was absolutely a thing, even in the North, that Black people of that era--only slightly older than Allen West--felt very uncomfortable looking a white person in the eye unless spoken to.

    •  I just noticed this the other day- (0+ / 0-)

      I live in Richmond now but am from MA. In the grocery stores most elderly black men are now starting to say hello when I say hello first. When I first moved here I wondered what was wrong with me or them that no one would look at me or respond as I say hello to everyone and anyone.   Months later my brother told me older black men would NOT say anything or look at a female especially one who was white with long blond hair...that was a lynching crime years ago.  I am glad things are improving a bit.  Thank goodness for President Obama for this one thing at least.

      "..if you keep the hope alive, then change is still possible." Van Jones

      by shanti2 on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 07:14:37 AM PDT

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