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Have read the first several personal accounts. They were painful to read. The way we white people treated African Americans in the segregated South was just awful. I felt a knot of shame in my stomach and I had to put the book down. I have lent it to a friend and will get back to it when I can. Really impactful. Of course, we weren't so nice here in New England either. I remember living in West Haven, Connecticut in the early 70s when a cross was burned in front of the house of a black family that had moved to Malloy Road. I don't think we can really get beyond this until we acknowledge the truth of what really happened.
I enjoyed this book tremendously. It helps me to understand better what my grandparents and other relatives had to endure living here in the South. I never knew Jim Crow - though I know about discrimination - and I realize that life was not at all easy for my people. It is pathetic that people were treated worse than animals. I make no apologies about my feelings, but I do not trust too many white Americans after reading books like this, watching movies like Mississippi Burning, and due to my own experiences. I was treated more courteously in Germany than I have in my own home state.