The guide book that helped black Americans travel during segregation

Road tripping in the 20th century became an iconic American obsession, and the rising middle class was eager to travel the country on the new interstate highway system. The Green Book was a unique travel guide during this time, when segregation was practiced all over the country.
The book, which grew to cover locations in all 50 states, listed hotels, restaurants, gas stations, beauty salons, and other services that would reliably serve African Americans. The listings grew from user correspondence and a network of African American postal workers under the guidance of Victor Hugo Green, the book’s publisher.

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+6 1. Judge-Jake commented 6 years ago

Just 54 short years ago, incredible.8-)
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+1 2. ringmaster commented 6 years ago

#1 yes, but for some in some parts of USA, it is only yesterday :'(
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+1 3. Scotsman50 commented 6 years ago

All the freedom of the open roads,,,,until you run into a cop.
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0 4. Dennyboy commented 6 years ago

#2 Back in 1966 myself and 2 pals walked into a bar in New Orleans and were told we couldn't be served because we were white.
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-2 5. Austin commented 6 years ago

#4. Dennyboy 'we couldn't be served because we were white.'

Oh no, you were clearly a victim of the Fox News / GOP /right-wing / conservative construction known as “reverse-racism”.

And I am sure this traumatic experience made an indelible impression upon you given that you could now see American society (and the world for that matter) from the lived perspective of a black and brown person because you have been in their shoes and suffered the injustice of… no service and no beer when you wanted it and the humiliation of being forced to leave a drinking establishment.

#4. Dennyboy, how many times since 1966 were you denied a drink, food, service, entry, a loan, due process, freedom of assembly, housing, etc etc because of the colour of your skin?

More importantly – did this life experience change you in any meaningful way? Did you change your words, actions and conceptualizations of others as a result? What did you take away from this experience? Anything other than you were a victim of reverse –racism and thus racism is a weapon employed by all and thus not just a whites only thing?
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-5 6. oleHashow commented 6 years ago

#4 Monkey see monkey do, we are shaved apes with skin color.

So black were denied services for years and years, well documented fact is it?
and you find one instance as to say 'they are same shit as we were, but we have grown and they didnt.'
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-1 7. thundersnow commented 6 years ago

#2 And that is so so true!!
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0 8. fjwjr commented 6 years ago

#5 Congratulations. That's probably the most a-hole response I've ever seen on Snotr.
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0 9. Austin commented 6 years ago

#8. Fjwjr. Really? LOL. You find my speaking truth to power and a ludicrously naive analogy via a forceful (but polite) rebuttal that asks #4. Dennyboy for reflection and self-awareness before he embarrasses himself any further as the ‘most a-hole response [you]ve ever seen on Snotr’. Really?

Have you been on Snotr long? Jesus. Just look at the vitriol directed at me in the past year ;-)

Asking someone white to consider their privilege when complaining about an incident where they couldn’t get a beer in a bar when they wanted because of the colour of their skin is analogous to the content and issues discussed in the video???? Yet I am the a-hole?

Fjwjr you really are the quintessential ‘snowflake’ . Austin made me think about the unearned white privilege that I get simply for being a white man in America. Now I am going to make a poopy face and call him names like a-hole. Boo f-ing hoo.

The video was about the impact of systematic racism on black motorists and the steps they had to take to be able to partake in American life 50 years ago and even to this day - free from threats, violence or even death.

1st post basically commented how this was still in our lifetimes.
2nd suggested that this is still a reality in many places in the US in 2018
3rd was about police
And the 4th ,#4. Dennyboy, is basically a white man informing us that he has a shared experience because he was denied a beer due to reverse racism in 1966 in New Orleans.

Ahhh. No Dennyboy. You experienced prejudice and bigotry and perhaps hatred but you did not experience racism. And that was your clear inference. The conflation and simplification of this and packaging of it as ‘racism’ by those on the right leads to the specious claims of ‘both sides do it’ which is simply false. Racism requires power, authority, economic means, political control etc etc – something people of colour generally do not have. Racism requires a dominant not subordinate position in society – an asymmetrical balance that the Anglo-saxon white world has cleverly maintained for the past 500 years.

Reverse racism and ‘both- siderism’ is an empty talking point that allows whites, often politically conservative whites, to feel good about themselves and not feel motivated to engage in dialogue much less change.

And this is threatening so I am not surprised by your response Fjwjr.
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+1 10. snotraddict commented 6 years ago

Racism as defined, definitely happened and in some small extent still happens today.

Disparity is not necessarily "racism", though the race baitors find it convenient to mix the two. Most folks like those above that say racism is still virtually the same today when clearly they are not, believe or conform to the idea that disparity between races is racism.

One thing that occurs naturally and accounts for disparity far, far more than racism is Culture. In history certain secs of black society have performed as well as, or better than average. Some better than whites. Can't be racism. Culture is huge, even the Left believes it. Remember Nature vs Nurture?

Generally people of the same socio-economics and racial backgrounds prefer to congregate or live together. The "poor" side of town can be any number of races including whites. Most people/tribes feel more comfortable or safer when surrounded by people like themselves.

Lots of races don't get along. Today, what are the chances that a black or white man could get a job on a construction job site where it's primarily Mexican workers? Good luck.

If racism today is the same as it was before, then how come today the NBA has way more blacks on their teams than any other race?

Stop it.
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+1 11. fjwjr commented 6 years ago

#8 Way to double down.
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-2 12. Austin commented 6 years ago

Oh #11. Fjwjr.. Impressive. You allow someone else to carry your water (how weak is that?) and they fail and then you have the temerity to suggest that I have doubled down on a weak hand? Really?? We do need to play cards sometime and bring a lot of money – you are as bad at this game as you are with the use of card game metaphors.

And #10 snotraddict… all I can say is really???????? You must be trolling me.

‘Racism as defined, definitely happened and in some small extent still happens today’

In 2018, with the ethno nationalism on the rise around the world, your President Trump ran on a basically a platform of race baring, racism, xenophobia and white exceptionalism, how can you honestly make such a silly statement?? And it is not just America, this is happening in Europe and all over the world. You must be trolling me because anyone with a hint of awareness would never say such a silly thing,

[Disparity is not necessarily "racism"] and [the idea that disparity between races is racism].

You haven’t said it but you are making the classic conservative racism is dead, meritocracy prevails in America and anyone is free to achieve his or her dreams. Any disparity is people not living up to their full potential.

Again, wilful disregard and ignorance of the lost lasting and permeating effect that overt codified racism via laws etc. has had and continues to have to this day. It is called a lasting legacy. It may be illegal to legally engage in racist practices but does not mean that it doesn’t manifest itself in thousands of subtle and not so subtle ways.

The playing field for people of colour, for women, for religious minorities is NOT equal in America and to suggest it is just again intentional ignorance.

>One thing that occurs naturally and accounts for disparity far, far more than racism is Culture.

Wow. So economic, social, sexual, gender, political and power disparity in America is due to culture? And it just so happens that straight white Christian white culture happens to come out on top. All the time. That is an amazing coincidence.

‘If racism today is the same as it was before, then how come today the NBA has way more blacks on their teams than any other race?’

This is so silly it hurts. This is what counts as counter evidence or a counter argument???

Well at least #11. Fjwjr seemed to accept it so you have one fan….
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0 13. fjwjr commented 6 years ago

#12 You just can't stop, can you? He "doth protest too much, methinks."
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-2 14. Austin commented 6 years ago

Actually #13. fjwjr it would be much appropriate in your case to say that I do not “suffer fools gladly”.