My reflections on Charlottesville, one week after. Somehow I didn’t think this latest manifestation of hate would come by torchlight — torches carried by young men who otherwise live by the blue light of cell phones — no doubt early adopters of the latest technological tools. Yet here were these 2017 torchbearers raising the same old-fashioned instruments of hatred which, just a few decades ago, lighted untold numbers of lynchings and cross burnings. These modern marchers came unhooded.
One hot Memphis summer long ago — longer ago than I care to remember — I was a grumpy teenager sweating in the forehead-dripping humidity of a concrete-walled classroom. Make-up geometry class for a poor performance during the school year. “When will I need to know geometry?” I whined to my parents in a desperate attempt to escape weeks of math jail. Mattie and Sam Crossley would have been delighted to point to the example of the teens of the Hyde Square Task Force.
And we’re back. Back to that time, more than 50 years ago, when schools were the last line of defense for segregationists. Local school systems and entire communities were openly defying Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court ruling overturning separate but equal. In a last desperately defiant move, Gov. George Wallace of Alabama stood in the entrance of the University of Alabama, blocking African-Americans Vivian Malone and James Hood from enrolling in the all-white university.
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Selecting a term
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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