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  •  yes indeed, father went against the Power in his (3+ / 0-)
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    Fortune 500 company..he was on the Way Up until he took a stand against their demoting of the first black person in the high office, a black secretary.

    It was just the start of a series of events where his reactions to the pig headed paternalism represented there just couldn't be tolerated by either side, and he left this career...now that WAS a lesson to the kids.

    The trade union organizer grandfather was also an inner city elected many times ward leader, and ironically was , altho German pure drop, was darker than many of the mixed color and Puerto Rican citizens all around him. He was well loved by people of all races in the harsh stew of race  in the inner cities 40's, 50's, 60's....his good heart and strong will along with his simple kindness also a lesson for us kids.
      Yet despite that I had an older brother who was too influenced by somebody somewhere and had a big problem with race and was often involved in racially inflected sports fights...ugly to me for someone I otherwise looked up to, somehow I learned a better lesson.
    It's dam messy innit?... the same person can act well one time and be an idiot next time. People...

    20 years later I hitchhiked back thru the city and was soooo knocked out by the changes in the people, black kids talked easily to me and helped with directions, they seemed so much happier and involved in school and being funny and living...it made me so happy after I had seen the awfulness of the 64 riots the last time there. There was none of the high tensions I experienced then, none that I saw from walking and then riding the bus...but then, you know...thanks..

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 04:00:27 PM PST

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