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kath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-26-05 11:52 AM
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67. "being bothered by what I saw {concerning race}" - this made me think of
the wonderful Molly Ivins and something she wrote, so I went and looked it up.

In the intro to her first book, "Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?" she writes:

"I'm supposed to explain myself in this introduction - specifically, how come I came out so strange. Having been properly reared by a right-wing family in East Texas, how'd I turn out this peculiar? I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point - race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.
If you grew up white before the civil rights movement anywhere in the South, all grown-ups lied. They'd tell you stuff like, "Don't drink out of the colored fountain, dear, it's dirty." In the white part of town, the white fountain was always covered with chewing gum and the marks of grubby kids' paws, and the colored fountain was always clean. Children can be horribly logical."
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