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    Posted 3 years ago

    artfoot
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    There is more than music preserved on record. In 1961, Alan Lomax and Guy Carawan collaborated with the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to record the actual sounds of the civil rights protests in Albany, Georgia (USA). The protests in Albany were possibly the first to bring national attention to the horrors of the Jim Crow apartheid that existed mostly in "the old South".

    Not that it has gone away. In October 2016 at an under-reported conference in San Diego, the president of International Association of Chiefs of Police Terrence Cunningham personally apologized for law enforcement's "historical mistreatment of communities of color". This admission may likely go unheeded for another fifty years but it's a start. In the meantime maybe we should consider the plea of Rodney King who asked, "Can't we all just get along?"

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    1. fleafinder fleafinder, 3 years ago
      You guys will have good karma for releasing the oppressed despite the unknown. All the best
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Jim Crow was as alive & well in California in the early days, just not targeted & thrown in the public eye like other places.
    3. artfoot artfoot, 3 years ago
      California certainly has its history of (sometimes strictly enforced) racial segregation and several different "communities of color" to focus on but it was not a slave state. It didn't have to deal with that horrible stigma in the same way. It was a little different here after WWII. At least there were no "colored only" waiting rooms in the train and bus stations.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Slaves were upper middle class compared to the Chinese serfs in California & only after WWII did those signs come down there. All documented, & neatly tucked away.
    5. artfoot artfoot, 3 years ago
      OK, California was populated with churlish brutes too. "Churlish brute" is possibly a better descriptor than "sapiens" when it comes to humans everywhere. The goal is to overcome that behavior.

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