Sundown, USA

An article expounds upon a new book by an author about America’s Sundown Towns, over at the Washington Post (go figure).A It was a good read and comes highly recommended (both book and article, that is.

If Loewen’s first priority is to unveil what he calls the "hidden history" of sundown towns, his second is to debunk the widely held idea that when the issue is race, the South is always "the scene of the crime," as James Baldwin famously wrote. The incidence of sundown communities in the South, Loewen reports, was actually far lower than it was in a Midwestern state such as Illinois, in which roughly 70 percent of towns were sundown towns in 1970. "This does not make whites in the traditional South less racist than [those] in . . . other regions of the country," he suggests. (From the Post)


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Posted: February 23rd, 2011
at 10:54am by Black Ock

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