I have a new post up on my other blog.
Here’s an excerpt and a link to the full post…
As we approach the Holiday recognizing the contributions of Dr. King, I always tend to think about where we were, where we are and where we have yet to go. To me, this is a day to stop and think. And remember.
As a Southerner of a certain age, I just can’t let this day pass without comment. I don’t see how anyone of my generation can.
I grew up in the South before integration and during the Civil Rights Movement. I’m not sure if I even spoke to a black person, other than our maid, before the schools were integrated when I was in the 5th grade. People seem to forget the South in the early 1960′s was like South Africa under apartheid. It was a very separate and scary place. Everyone–and I mean everyone– had their place and society tried to keep them in it.
I think the late, great Molly Ivins said it best. Molly once wrote: ”I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point — race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.”
via Chapter 46: The Evolution of One Southern Liberal or Some Thoughts on Martin Luther King Day | My Southern Gothic Life.
2 responses to “Chapter 46: The Evolution of One Southern Liberal or Some Thoughts on Martin Luther King Day | My Southern Gothic Life”
Good Morning! This is so appropriate for today. I sort of wish I had posted the Ivins quote. I may lift this later on!
Thanks, Fred! Happy to share!