Sunday, July 28, 2013
Black and White
I've been doing some heavy reading this summer. Mostly Taylor Branch's trilogy on America In the King Years. I finished volume two last night, Pillar of Fire (1963-65). What stands out as the central theme of the book(s) is the absolutely entrenched racism of southern society in that period. They start teaching that shit right from the cradle, I guess. It's the only possible explanation. The sheer brutality of it, the amazing audacity, the 100% compliance, it just blows the mind. Groups of Negroes (they weren't Blacks yet) would go out to register to vote and be beaten, harassed, dog-bitten and sometimes even gun-shot and then arrested for 'disturbing the peace.' Fuck.