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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:36 PM

Racial Tension Runs Through Sanford's Roots

In Sanford, Fla., historic wrongs against the local black community go back a long way. The memory of those events is still fresh, and they are getting another airing in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, which protesters have called racially motivated......
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Willie Saunders grew up in the area in the 1940s and '50s. Saunders had a paper route back then and still remembers his boss at the Sanford Herald. The older white man refused to touch him.

"You know, I didn't think about it then. I was a kid," he says. "Every time I would come to give him the monies for the route, he would say, 'Put it on the counter, put it on the table.' And ... when he gave me my money, he put on the table."

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Valada Parker Flewellyn collected stories for the book Images of America: African Americans of Sanford. She says in 1946 baseball legend Jackie Robinson was run out of town during spring training. Local authorities did not want to see blacks and whites playing together

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/22/149164373/racial-tension-runs-through-sanfords-roots

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:43 PM

1. They took Robinson to Daytona, current home of the American Aryan Reich. nt

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Response to EFerrari (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:06 PM

2. yeah, he was still in the minors and selling tons of tickets

then when he was moved up to the majors you get the great Leo Durocher quote:

"I do not care if the guy is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a fuckin' zebra. I'm the manager of this team, and I say he plays. What's more, I say he can make us all rich. And if any of you cannot use the money, I will see that you are all traded."

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Response to arely staircase (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:09 PM

3. I was just a little girl but I remember when Willie Mays was run out

of San Francisco after he married a white woman.

The past isn't that long ago.

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Response to EFerrari (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:15 PM

4. and that was san francisco! nt

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