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  •  Yes, you are 100% right. (19+ / 0-)

    Sad for me to say it, but much of Kansas is virulently racist.  The rural areas are nearly all white and racist as they come.

    When I was a child, I rode my bike down the disused highway (after the Interstate was built passing north of town a mile or two).  Near the city limits of our little western Kansas town was a falling down sign, but the paint on the planks was still visible:  

    Colored Man - Don't let the sun set on you here
    I couldn't believe it, but a lot of things don't make sense to a 10 yr old kid.

    When I was a teen and worked in my dad's gas station and early version of 7-11 store (small grocery with basics), I always treated everyone passing through fairly, but I always thought about that sign when a Latino or Black or Asian or Iranian (yes, once!) family stopped in.

    By that time, the planks were rotting in the grass, but they were still out there.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:10:35 PM PST

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    •  Does Nicodemus still exist? (8+ / 0-)

      There was one black family in my little town in Kansas in the '60's. I always felt sorry for their daughter when she was in high school and I was still in junior high. She seemed so lonely, and probably was.
      Are you from Goodland or Colby?

    •  The same virulent racism continues (12+ / 0-)

      in many of the "flyover states", I think.  It's certainly true of the western half of South Dakota, where I'm from.  When I go back, which isn't often, I still hear the n-word used by lots of people.  What's ironic is that there are so very, very few blacks around.  Some who had been stationed at Ellsworth AFB outside Rapid City stayed on after their Air Force stints were over, but generally, the whole region is lily-white -- excluding the Native Americans on the reservations and the few who live off-res, that is.  I have relatives who have probably never or spoken to a black in their entire lives, but who still think they're the scum of the earth.  Just how can you hate anyone whom you've never met?  That has always escaped me.  

      -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

      by GulfExpat on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 12:16:23 AM PST

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      •  That's why they're so racist. (1+ / 0-)
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        What's ironic is that there are so very, very few blacks around.
        I know people in South Dakota.

        They can shout the n-word all day long, with no consequences. They don't have to worry that they might be talking about a co-worker or a teacher or a clerk at the market, because they're all white, too.

        It is more important to be a confident and articulate speaker than to know jack shit about anything.

        by VictorLaszlo on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:35:25 AM PST

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        •  No doubt you're right. (0+ / 0-)

          When racism comes up for discussion, I'm always reminded of the extraordinarily wise lyrics to a song from South Pacific:

          Youve Got To Be Carefully Taught

           You've got to be taught
           To hate and fear,
           You've got to be taught
           From year to year,
           It's got to be drummed
           In your dear little ear
           You've got to be carefully taught.

           You've got to be taught to be afraid
           Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
           And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,
           You've got to be carefully taught.

           You've got to be taught before it's too late,
           Before you are six or seven or eight,
           To hate all the people your relatives hate,
           You've got to be carefully taught!

          -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

          by GulfExpat on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 09:09:31 AM PST

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