bluemoon wrote:I got off but then came back to see if Mr Ichi had said where that restaurant was located.I see he has not.My spouse , who also grew up in this town, wanted me to find out. Because my spouse's memory is the same as mine,that this was George Wallace country to the hilt and that it was not due to him wanting smaller government. It was linked directly to his standing firm against the integration of schools and colleges in the state of Alabama. Our memories are the same, as are our politics, to anyone that it might concern. We both remember this as being a place with a huge majority of citizens who opposed the integration of schools and who didn't want to use the same toilets as a black person.
I guess MR Ichi's memory, over on K street, must have been of some K street commune of a few blocks where racism wasn't allowed in Pensacola. I didn't know a commune like that existed back then. Wow, how refreshing to know it now.
As for "bragging" about a black friend, I don't believe that mentioning that I have a black friend is bragging. It says a lot more of you that you seem to be disbelieving that white people can have black friends and mention them casually in a conversation without being bragging about it. It's no "badge of honor" to have a black friend, but neither will I stop and think about saying it in a conversation because I'm afraid of what You might think, Mrs Kravitz. I don't care if my friends are black or white, but the conversation about the restaurant would have made no sense at all had I not mentioned what the "so called' problem with the waitresses duties was, would it?
It would have been completely illogical.
This is a conversation about racism,am I wrong? That was a racist incident in a restaurant. Here in Pensacola and within the last few years. Your denials to the contrary, we've come only a short way in the last 50 years. As the younger generation comes of age, this "problem" will go away. I see very little racial animosity among the young people I know. Thank god- when this generation passes, I think things will be so much better for mankind. There are a lot of haters here in America,and in the South, and dying is the only thing that will cure them.
I disagree that we've come only a short way in the last 50 years. You point that out yourself with another line. "I see very little racial animosity among the young people I know.
I think you and I are about the same age. I distinctly remember when we moved to Miami, from Chicago in 1954. I remember separate rest rooms and separate water fountains in stores and shopping areas. There was a doctors office in a tiny town near where we lived (way out in the country then) and he had separate waiting rooms. Our schools were segregated, when books got to worn out for our school (new white school), they went to the old black school a few miles away.
Desegregation came in when I was a senior in high school. Our school had about 1,500 students in 10th-12th grade. When we became "integrated" we had four (4) black students in the 10th grade.
I never met a black person until I lived in Miami. In Chicago my best friends were other kids like me, a Japanese kid and a Native American. They lived in the same apartment building as did my family. My mother and aunt returned to Chicago both with kids. They couldn't find housing because they were women, with kids and no husband. That was temporary as both husbands were in WWII. My grandfather bought two six flat apartment and everyone moved in.
All mandated by government.
Yes, we have come light years from those days.