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Old 06-29-2013, 08:07 PM   #141
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(snip) segregation , yep. I seen what was happening. Lots of cruel things done to many people. I actually witnessed a KKK meeting on a road near my Dads business. I think the timeframe was about 1960. They scared the crap our of me and my brother because we came on to them when driving around late one day. There were lines of cars for about a mile and all these people out of their cars with the white things on and pointed hats. The old rednecks were just plain sick. Many still are today. (snip)
It sounds like you know segregation from having seen it in action. Just think how much more scared you'd have been seeing those men in pointy hats if you'd been their target. I'm one of the people they would have been determined to keep "in our place", if I'd been born at the same time and place as you were. It would have been my family they intended to intimidate that day with their mass gathering. It may have been better for some people back then, but it certainly wasn't better for everyone.

I'm grateful that I live in a place and time when the possibility of men in hoods breaking down my door in the middle of the night isn't the ever-present threat that it would have been in the time and place where you grew up.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:16 AM   #142
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I'm grateful that I live in a place and time when the possibility of men in hoods breaking down my door in the middle of the night isn't the ever-present threat that it would have been in the time and place where you grew up.
I agree. Now all we have to fear is the NSA, the DEA with the wrong address and the TSA with 8-year-old kids on the no-fly list.
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I agree. Now all we have to fear is the NSA, the DEA with the wrong address and the TSA with 8-year-old kids on the no-fly list.
And while we are at it don't forget the original "Big Brother" - IRS.

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It may have been better for some people back then, but it certainly wasn't better for everyone.

I'm grateful that I live in a place and time when the possibility of men in hoods breaking down my door in the middle of the night isn't the ever-present threat that it would have been in the time and place where you grew up.
I'm with you and very glad someone is speaking from that perspective. It's so strange reading about how fantastic schools were in the time when my great grandparents had to ride at the back of the bus for 5 hours to get past all of the schools they weren't allowed into just to get an education with the books the other schools threw out long ago

My family's biggest horror stories come from that time and before. Racism may still be present, but I can at least walk down the road now without people trying to exact citizen justice on me because I look like someone who they heard did something once, which happened all too often back, then, and was even supported by law enforcement in areas where my family was.
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Mike,

As an old friend said, The issue is not, should you be paranoid? The issue is, are you paranoid enough? (He even beats me. I learned from him.)

Based on what I have seen and learned, I have kept a low profile all my adult life. I am also almost invisible on-line (and easily confused with others with similar names, Gott sei Dank).

Google 'premature anti-fascists' for lessons to be learned.
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I'm with you and very glad someone is speaking from that perspective. It's so strange reading about how fantastic schools were in the time when my great grandparents had to ride at the back of the bus for 5 hours to get past all of the schools they weren't allowed into just to get an education with the books the other schools threw out long ago

My family's biggest horror stories come from that time and before. Racism may still be present, but I can at least walk down the road now without people trying to exact citizen justice on me because I look like someone who they heard did something once, which happened all too often back, then, and was even supported by law enforcement in areas where my family was.
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