Freedom Rider Genevieve Hughes Houghton died last night
firebombed bus with white men holding the doors shut.
adored her, and last month honored her by dedicating a local trail.
because they are too painful; as I grew I heard grownups say terrible things, things a child knows
are wrong. The awful poison of racism.
raggedy nigger pedestrian. White people did that, said that. But, second to when I pointed a loaded gun at a man as a joke, it was the
most angry I ever saw my Dad. In a
way he told me it was wrong. But “nigger” was such a common word, always in a bad
way. Jokes. Everybody knew it was wrong, but few fixed it.
Genevieve tried, and nearly lost her life. Back to my story.
definition. He was acquitted by an
all-white jury. A cowardly, cold-blooded killer made a hero. In 1994 he was, finally, convicted.
Love to my Kate for taking care of Genevieve.
[Edit]: Adding a few good links as I see them; not hard to find. We don’t hear nigger nowadays, we hear a dog whistle, and when the target reacts the whistler says “Get your mind out of the gutter, YOU are the racist here.” Sununu calls Obama “lazy.” Federal Judge steps down after admitting to sending racist email about bestiality and Obama’s mother. October 2012; Arkansas Legislator Jon Hubbard self-publishes book saying slavery “may have been a blessing” for African Americans.
(Burning bus in Anniston Alabama, May 14, 1961, from Birmingham Civil Rights Institute)