Baby Boomers almost eliminated racism

I had a brain-fart the other day thinking about how and why the race relations have deteriorated in the U.S. in recent years.  It should have become better when I think back to when I was a kid and how the kids of different skin shades got along with each other.

As I remember it as teens and 20-somethings, what brought us all together, regardless of skin shade was music, and entertainment in general.  We didn’t care what shade of tan Chubby Checker’s skin was, or Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross or Gladys Knight.  I wasn’t a sports fan of any stripe, but the players were just sports players after Jackie Robinson.

Most people with darker skin tones, acted like people, sure they dressed weird at times, but some of us imitated a bit of their attire as kids do at times.  But the men in entertainment acted like gentlemen (we didn’t yet know about Bill Cosby, [Alexander Scott] or even Rock Hudson).

It almost seemed at the time that people with different skin color had their own sub-culture in their community, the Hunkys lived within a few blocks of all the other Hungarians, same for the Puerto Ricans, the Germans, the Italians and the Africans.  They had their social clubs and block parties, but wouldn’t exclude or even cast an evil-eye on an outsider who happened to live in the next block, or was a guest at their club.

This was all before it became profitable to stir up grievances and extortion became the norm.  All this seemed to happen AFTER King was shot and Jackson, et al, picked up the mantel and twisted it to what we have today.  Obama is simply the end result of all that anger and guilt.  It may get worse before it gets better.


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