Thursday, July 26, 2012
"Colored Only": Will This Raise its Ugly Head Again?
I remember the "whites only" and "colored only" drinking fountains everywhere. Not happy memories.
I remember trying to hail one of these in NOLA during a heavy, summer rainstorm so I couldn't make out the lettering, and the driver yelling as he drove by, "man, you lookin' to get me lynched!" honest to G*d, that's what I remember him yelling in a very fearful voice.
I later learned that there were KKK "sting operations" trying to nab black cabbies who had the nerve to pickup white folks as a fare, just so they could have a little fun on a boring Saturday night. Of course, nothing happened to the white folks. They were told that a mistake had been made and a proper cab would arrive shortly to take them to their destination. The untold story is what happened to the hapless black cabbie caught in this "crime" against white people. Gotta keep'em in their place.
I remember being shaken and appalled for what could have happened to that poor man if I was spotted in the back seat of his cab.
I hope we never return to that climate, but the rhetoric of the GOP candidates seems to point in that direction. The fear of black people is again being instilled in the minds of Americans who, by this time, ought to know better.
Surely, it couldn't be Fox News induced, or internalized racism in this day and age, could it? (wink, wink, nod, nod.)
Just a little brain cramp from my past.
And so it goes.