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Thursday, January 16, 2014

NY Times And The Messy Nessy Chic Takes Us Back

  1. priv·i·lege
    1. 1.
      a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.
      "education is a right, not a privilege"

    1. 1.
      grant a privilege or privileges to.
      "English inheritance law privileged the eldest son"
 "Takes Us Back" memories you do not know, and probably cannot fathom
We are reminded of why some died "Saying no more." 
We are reminded of why some fought and served time, only to die after being set free. 
We are reminded of just how callous and elitist a people can be towards another people.
We are reminded of lessons taught of German settlers, Quakers and others who knew the wrongs of slavery and fought via the Underground railroad. 
We are reminded of Jewish lawyers who joined how fight in the 1950s to rid a nation of what you are about to see. (Oh no worries, you are not about to see the worse). 
We are reminded of southern raised Phil Robertson's (Duck Dynasty) remarks about never seeing a black person mistreated nor had he heard any comments along that line. Ye,s Of course, Phil, people probably did not tell you for obvious reason.
And of course we are reminded of the Martyrs.
If you wonder why some ....
want restitution (we find this abhorrent, frankly) 
see you as an enemy 
The discovered colored photos may help you understand.

If you really need to see and feel why some have fallen to a Stockholm Syndrome-like state of envy and 'hopeful assimilation,' and if you understand human mind, the images may provide an epiphany. You may actually see why a few black people actually grew via DNA, family upbringing, and other psychological phenomenon, to so wish for the better things in life they grew to hate their blackness (African-American Heritage). They are a sad lot. Even worse they do not recognize their malady.

Alas, if your life has never included being yanked away from a "Whites Only" water fountain and hastily carried out of a SS Kresges by a frightened mother, then you cannot know the following images.  

If you have never been told by a squadron officer that you and other black Airman could not attend the Squadron Christmas Party because the owners of the establishment (In the deepest of the US South) prohibited blacks on the property, then you cannot know the following images. You have to know suspicion was, and still is, the order of segregation from the 'whites only' Christmas Party came from orders high in the command and NOT from the off-base establishment owner. 

Actually, we expect most will view the images and suffer no feelings whatsoever.  

We at the TPI are not about the business of "guilt."  We do not expect 'guilt", so we also do not accept, "Guilt;" it is factually not at all important to us

We are mindful of societal slippage into states of mind that allowed life as you are about to see it.  We are watchful of everyday occurrences of acts, words, and perception of contempt that had to accompany life for these people every breathing minute of their lives. Yes, we notice the majority are not adhering to "Never again." The majority is quiet, as they do not know or do not care that "isms" travel in bunches. My "ism" today could very well be your "ism" tomorrow. 

Imagine the grandmother or housekeeper (we do not know which) below showing a restarting embrace on the little girl who seems to have openly wished for "One like that." 

And, there is beauty below. 

Beauty in seeing that black sedan and recalling, Dad owned one exactly like it. Those trips from the deep south to Detroit Michigan, standing just behind Dad on the transmission hump until sleep overtook and collapsed you into the back seat. The beauty of the 'across the tracks' Mom an Pop store with benches out front for moments out of the sun while you consumed that  (Grape) Popsicle.

Stark color photos of segregation-era U.S. thought lost, rediscovered in photographer’s storage [10 pics]

In 1956, photographer Gordon Parks was hired by Life Magazine to follow and document the everyday life of a southern Black family. Twenty of these photos were published in Life’s September issue that year with an article titled The Restraints: Open and Hidden.”

Gordon Park's Segregation Series-8

Of course, Parks snapped many more photos than actually made it to print, but these were thought to be lost. However, in early 2012 the Gordon Parks Foundation was going through several storage boxes and came upon a taped-up paper package labeled, “Segregation Series.” In it they found 70 more color photographs from Parks’ 1956 work.

Here are just a few of the pics, both the published and the rediscovered…
Gordon Park's Segregation Series-2
Gordon Park's Segregation Series-9
Gordon Park's Segregation Series-1
Gordon Park's Segregation Series-10
Gordon Park's Segregation Series-4
Gordon Park's Segregation Series-6
Gordon Park's Segregation Series-5
Gordon Park's Segregation Series-7
Gordon Park's Segregation Series-3
More Images (via NY TimesMessy Nessy Chic)

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