Diversity and the North, Yesterday and Today
August 31, 2012
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This is a great post from Those Who Can See. Well worth the time to read it:
We may be less familiar with the old North. Those of us born there have been told all our lives how warmly we opened our arms to these suffering Afros, saving them from the noose or at least the colored water fountain.
Or did we.
Portland, OR, 1943
Enlightened souls in Northern state houses may have decreed a color-blind paradise, but to the man on the street it mattered little. The fact is that then as now, most Euros did not enjoy their encounters with Afros (especially those newly arrived from the South), and did what they could to avoid them.