Thursday, December 19, 2013
God Those Were Happy Times, Weren't They?
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field.... They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
Phil must have lived someplace never where news of the outside world never pierced the protective shell surrounding the community he lived in. The Jim Crow laws, lynchings, and murders suffered by his dark-skinned fellow American citizens in the 50's and 60's had no effect on the godly, happy black people who were not singing the blues during that time.
Emmett Till and many others would not concur.