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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWahoo View Post
    Racism in America is a much discussed topic, as it should be. In another thread, I mention that it was my intent to read more and was provided some excellent reading suggestions. So I thought perhaps, I could return the favor.

    An individual for whom I have a great deal of respect and admiration is Dr. Terrence Roberts. He was a member of the Little Rock Nine. Several years ago, I had the good fortune to attend one of his lectures. I will forever remember one of his statements: "Over my lifetime, I have learned that not all Blacks are my friend and that not all Whites are my enemy". Also in that lecture, he mentioned a gentleman named Quay Hanna. Quay was an admitted racist. After receiving a degree in English, he decided to get on a Greyhound bus and travel America. After that 12,000 mile journey, he returned home as a totally different person. Given the people he met and the things he saw, he recognized the destructive nature of his hatred or racism. He documented that experience in a book: Bus America-Revelation of a Redneck. Like Dr. Roberts, I consider it a must read. It can be obtained through Amazon.
    Two suggestions for you. JD Vance," Hillbilly Elogy." How he grew from a disfunctional family,became successful. And Jeff Flake's book," Conscience Of A Conservative." Both excellent, one a gift I wanted,the other Library.

    Being out with people is a great life changer. I seldom saw a black person when I was a child.As an adult making friends I realized, we are exactly the same, both good and bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Of course you don't.

    People don't read books in college.

    Thanks for ruining a very good discussion with your trolling however.
    I read the book in High School, and I am simply speaking a truth. Nevertheless, how did me speaking that truth ruin a very good discussion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    Two suggestions for you. JD Vance," Hillbilly Elogy." How he grew from a disfunctional family,became successful. And Jeff Flake's book," Conscience Of A Conservative." Both excellent, one a gift I wanted,the other Library.

    Being out with people is a great life changer. I seldom saw a black person when I was a child.As an adult making friends I realized, we are exactly the same, both good and bad.
    Thanks for the suggestions. My experience as a youngster was different than yours. I spent my formative years in an isolated rural mountain community. We only had one school and there was only one church, the basic social center. The community members of all complexions attended them. So to me, I just thought that was the way everybody lived. When I was 10, my dad stopped running shine to Roanoke and got a job with the C&O railroad and we moved to Henrico County just outside of Richmond. It was there and then, that my education on racism began. I must admit that my years in that isolated community continues to impact my perception on many topics to this day. Heck, I got indoor plumbing now, the john in the master bathroom even has its own little room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BitterPill View Post
    I read the book in High School, and I am simply speaking a truth. Nevertheless, how did me speaking that truth ruin a very good discussion?
    I have not read that book,BP.will add it to my list.

    I have read everything I can get my hands on since I could read and go the the Mobile Library truck that parked in front of my house. 8 books,three of us would go in the house,read them,come out,exchange books,read them.

    Then wait for the next stop.

    Right now,I am on the IPad,TV on, and a Janet Evanovich book in my lap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWahoo View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions. My experience as a youngster was different than yours. I spent my formative years in an isolated rural mountain community. We only had one school and there was only one church, the basic social center. The community members of all complexions attended them. So to me, I just thought that was the way everybody lived. When I was 10, my dad stopped running shine to Roanoke and got a job with the C&O railroad and we moved to Henrico County just outside of Richmond. It was there and then, that my education on racism began. I must admit that my years in that isolated community continues to impact my perception on many topics to this day. Heck, I got indoor plumbing now, the john in the master bathroom even has its own little room.
    I grew up in the rolling hills of Southern Ohio. As far as I knew my Dad never made moonshine, but he drank it when available.What a square dancer he was! There was always a dance,somewhere.

    After the war my husband went back to Tenn, started a cab service One of his good customers asked him to go back in the mountains to get him the good stuff. He was not crazy about doing that, but heck,the pay was good. He told the moonshiner his customer wanted the good,brown stuff, not the clear. The moonshiner picked up the bottle,added a pinch of snuff, shook the bottle,presto,the good brown stuff. I assume this is true,heard the story often enough!

    I now have 2 and a half of those little rooms.

    My Dad worked for the N&W, later the A plant,the rest of my family,for the DT&I.
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