Hello Ends and Beginnings. Thank you for expressing a truth too many need to hear but wont accept. Here is another side to the topic that should also be included as it is really misunderstood.
In 2011 Georgia wanted to send a signal about being tough on undocumented immigrants. They passed a law basically letting police stop and demand documentation from anyone they suspected of not being in the country legally. It was thought there were about 425,000 undocumented workers in the state. Those people left. Just packed up and went else where. The Georgia agroindustry crashed. Crops rotten in the fields with no one to pick them. The farmers even tried to pay $15-$20 dollars an hour for workers, but couldn’t get them. Most people would only work a half day or less, few made a second day. I have seen state industry losses estimated at between $140 million and $800 million with some farmers losing their businesses. The next year they had to call out state prisoners to make them pick the crops but that too failed and added to the losses. In the meanwhile food prices soared because of the loss of supply. Beau of the Fifth column has a tee shirt for sale that reads “BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS DO NOT LIVE A LESSER PEOPLE. I like that. I should think it is clear that skin tone doesn’t make a lessor person. Thanks again for a grand post and heartfelt rant.
I have written about this in the past but I think it bears repeating in this white nationalist era Trump is driving us too. I grew up in the South, Charlotte to be specific, a child of the 1960’s and 70’s. Schools in Charlotte were segregated but that changed when I was in the fourth grade. Before, I attended an all-white school, with all white teachers, cafeteria workers, even custodians. But in the fourth grade we had a few black teachers and black students bused to my neighborhood school. The following year I was bused to the black neighborhood school. It was, and continues to be, the only point in my life when I was in the minority.
Charlotte was working hard to change its image from the Old South to the New South. Banking empires were being created in the city center and the new power base knew that…
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