Unlearning

how i shed my skin-bAt church, Mr. Russell sometimes declared that God did not intend for the races to mix. He owned the only restaurant in Pollocksville, so the issue concerned him, since he had recently been forced by law to serve colored customers. According to his worldview, black people had their place just like white people had theirs They did not want to associate with us any more than we wanted to associate with them. This was a statement I would hear echoed in other voices at other times. At church, Mr. Russell would not have used the word nigger, but in his restaurant he would have. His was a voice I remember, and some people in the small congregation agreed with what he said. Others did not.

  • How I Shed My Skin by Jim Grimsley
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