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|Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 - 01:22 pm: |
I don't think your view is strickly NY-based. I do, however, think NY'er frequently view all issues via the prism of Metropolis. (If you don't mind, Chris.) I think those of us AA's who reside in the cities typically forget or are unacquainted with how blacks live in less populated areas. And since NY is the de facto business/social/cultural Capitol of the US, NY'ers, black/white, are often especially prone to see all things as they relate to its five boroughs.
There are still areas of the country where voting for black people is not at all a given (see the Florida Ballot of for the 2000 Presidental Election). Yet, I think you would agree the mere notion of a good/upstanding Harlem resident being denied suffrage is wholly unconscionable (Al Sharpton would whump some a$$e$$.). And there are still areas where a white person will call grown people "boy's" and "gals" without batting an eye. But you/I know that a white NY'er would have to high on "crack" to refer to blacks as such.
Do I even have to answer the following questions:
Could white NY teenagers get away with staging a whites-only prom as what recently occurred (like in GA)?
Does the Flag atop the NY State Capitol include Confederate insignia (like in SC)?
Does the NY State proudly display heroic likeness of Generals Lee and Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis (like in VA)
And when was the last time the Klan marched down Time Square?
Although all blacks face some forms of racism, the stuff that happens in rural American is often so acute, it can make even the "nappiest" hair stand on end.
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