segregation remembered in 1976

I really enjoyed reading this “old” time magazine article.  It’s from the year of my birth, so it’s not that old. Right?  In one of my latest youtube videos I interviewed a biracial woman from West Virginia and we spoke of how some southern whites say they are “proud to be white”, but we think they really mean that they are “proud to not be black”.  The Washington Redskins part of this article brought that conversation to mind.

Segregation Remembered

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2 thoughts on “segregation remembered in 1976

  1. I find it hard to read articles like this. They make me feel uncomfortable… I grew up in England and the racisim in America feels like something from 1000 years ago. I was born in 1979 have had odd comments from foolish people but nothing institutionalised. It is all so alien – thank goodness!

    The title of your blog shocked me. The first time I head the term Mulatto I was in Atlanta, leaning over the balcony of my hotel when an old white couple passed beneath. I heard the man say ‘what is she?’ which was fine. The woman treplied ‘I dont know – some kind of mulatto’. I had no idea what to make of that. I called out ‘what is a mulatto?’ to my husband and heard them hasp and speed up their walking – which gave the idea that it was not a nice thing she called me…

    Since then various (white) americans have told me it is not an offensive term, is often meant fondly. Which makes me feel a little like a pet but there you go. do you use the term a a reclamation of identity? – as in the way black became a word of strength and rallying point.

  2. hello,
    i’m an English teacher in france and am actually working on segregation. I would love to make my students read the arcticle you are here talking about. Could you send it to me, please ?

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