Re: Segregation/Racism down in the south
I applaud you for helping that man. I never went through anything like that unfortunate man did, but predjudice comes in all forms. A few years back, I went into a clothing store. At that time, at the age of 48, I had hair half way down my back and earings in both years and dressed like a hippie. I was in line waiting to pay for a shirt. The clerk was nice to the customer ahead of me. But when this clerk took care of me, she treated me like crap, putting my shirt into a bag and throwing it on the counter. Later I went to a credit union to withdraw some money. When I got up to the counter the teller asked me for some id. There had been times in the past when I was never asked for id and I knew if I was in a suit and tie, she would have never asked me for my id.
If it sounds like I'm complaining, I'm not. The point I'm trying to make is that the only reason I was treated like that is because of the way I was dressed. I tend to look at these two situations in different ways. Because the way I was treated at the clothing store, I just won't shop there anymore. As for the credit union, the way I look at it is they were just protecting my money for asking for id.
I'm not trying to compare what happened to me to that unfortunate gentleman. I just wanted to say that predjudice comes in all forms of life and it's unfortunate it does.