Bradley M. Kuhn
Sun, 1 Aug 1999 04:13:13 -0400
Kragen Sitaker wrote:
> I just spent three days in Ann Arbor, staying at the Hampton Inn on
> Green Road, just north of Plymouth Road. I noticed that all the folks
> who worked at the front counter were white or Asian, while all the
> folks in the laundry room were black. Racism is alive and well in
> America today. . .
This little tidbit reminded me so much of my college. I went undergraduate
to Loyola College in MD located in Baltimore, MD. The overwhelming majority
(around 95+%) of the student and teaching faculty were white (mostly Irish
Catholic or Italian Catholic---at freshmen orientation, many students were
surprised to meet someone who was Irish or Italian for the first time. I was
out of place being Polish Catholic!).
Meanwhile, everyone who kept the campus running---gardeners, food service
workers, maintenance men, and every single unskilled job and blue-color job
on campus were held by blacks.
It was, oddly enough, my grandmother who noted that it was like being on a
plantation when she came to a campus event. All attendees were white, and
everyone serving the attendees were black.
I keep trying to decide which city is more racist---my hometown of
Baltimore, MD or my current town, Cincinnati, OH.
It's a hard call; I must say.
At least Baltimore has (until November) an honest, black mayor, even if the
city council is dominated by white, corporate-owned greedy politicians.
Cincinnati has a lesbian mayor, though, which is pretty cool. Of course,
some of the city council make me want to be ill; in particularly Phil
Anyway, enough rambling about racism and politics in southern-ish cities.
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