Who was considered to be “Colored” and who was considered to be “White” when these things made nearly (and often literally) a life and death difference, and who decided? That was a complex question, but there was never a question of where both groups stood. The Reconstruction benefited both, as did working together.
So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us now, and to respond to work together, for all of us?
I believe that attention to shared histories of times when we grew a bit more free from discrimination may provide part of an answer. I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:
“Chapter 2: Before Jews Were White: Black-Jewish
alliances in DC Before 1948
Image: Carnegie Library and Central Market
Much attention has been paid…
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