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    jabney, tofumagoo

    being segregated until the 1970's means, but in the 1950s I went to summer camp and district jamborees with AA kids.  This was the Essex County , NJ, district, so that I'm sure other, especially Southern districts were different.  But it's not true that Scouts were completely segregated until the '50's.  I have the usual issues with the Scouts now (the gay and God exclusions), but I have to say that, as a kid who went to Catholic schools through college, Scouting gave me an invaluable exposure to kids of different faiths, ethnicities, "races," etc.  In fact, it never occurred to me up until now that scouting at the time might've been segregated outside the South.  As retrograde as Scouting may have become by now, it was pretty progressive in some regards in my particular time and place.  Up until now I've taken that for granted, but obviously that's been a mistake.  

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