Saturday, April 10, 2010


In the small Southern town I grew up in, there is a monument, erected in the mid-1930s. It is a memorial to the men from that town who lost their lives in "The World War", i.e., WWI. There is an alphabetical list of names down the front, and another list of alphabetical names down the back. At the top of the back list, there is a gouge, where an engraving has been erased. Know what it used to say, before it was chiseled out?

It used to say "Colored".

That's what racism is, and that's the attitude and practice that was beaten out of the hearts of most people during the Civil Rights Movement. The academic vice of screaming louder and louder over less and less just trivializes the real battles that came before.

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