Monday, February 4, 2008

"Sundown Towns"

I always had a creepy feel around the suburbs that I worked at. It was extremely....white. That didn't bother me so much because I wasn't much of a loafer. I have a hard time just sitting at a cafe! I usually come, do my business, and go home.

But after reading Siditty's post on "Sundown Towns" I am so glad I didn't hang out! There are actual towns that don't want minorities around once the sun goes down!

You can read the original from Ann's blog

And Siditty's post.


Ann said...

Black Fire, thanks for the shout-out.

The Sephardi Safari said...

I read Ann's post; I would respectfully disagree with the position that Cicero, IL is a sundown town today. Just about the entire village is Latino -hardly the lynchin' kind, too busy watching their own behinds for abusive whites. Other than that, I would presume that she has done her research and is painfully on-target.

I grew up in south-central Indiana, which was THE Klan headquarters in the 1920s. It was told to me as a young man that nearby Martinsville once had the "N-gg-r don't let the sun set on you" sign of which Ann writes, and I can believe it. That attitude pervades that entire section of the state, which is largely redneck.

(I'm from Bloomington, which is a college town and a positive oasis of multiculturalism in an otherwise festering morass of ill-educated inbreeders.)

I must get a copy of Sundown Towns. It is not something that a 21st century American wants to believe about their country, yet I find it so difficult to be surprised anymore.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

Im gone check it out, but dont feel that way, i feel super safe on my 11 acres. hope u dont mind me dropping by, do chk me out one day when u can