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  •  Beautiful story, that also brought me back. (3+ / 0-)
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    Lucy Montrose, Grizzard, raincrow

     I'm slightly older than you are (I would have been a freshman that year you describe) and from Rock Hill, although I went to Northwestern, on the wealthier, whiter side of town, and the part that most of the new residents moving to the Charlotte area from the north flocked to.  Rock Hill High School was out in the "country" and had most of the "black" areas.  Still, by raw numbers, both high schools were fairly "integrated."   The real segregation was self-segregation.

    My own parents were the type of "not racist, but not quite comfortable with black people" type that are still all too common.  They'd never say the n-word and would absolutely say the right things about equality and MLK and cheer for the black players on the football team and then go and deny the reality of white privilege and talk about "some people" needing to value education and hard work.  It took me a while to overcome that attitude and move on from that myself, which I wouldn't really do until I was getting ready to leave for college.

    Also, I hate to nitpick but - I think you're misremembering the football brackets slightly.  Rock Hill High would have been Big 16 then - the classification with the largest schools - and they wouldn't win their first state championship until I was already in college, in '02.

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