Jim Crow lives lots of places beyond the south and one of the most racist people I've met was from Philadelphia But it wasn't nearly so overt nor institutionalized as it was in the South. Blacks didn't have to stand up if a white person needed a seat on the bus and there were no drinking fountains marked "Whites Only". (There were hotels which did not accept Jews and, of course, the stories of black entertainers who had to come and go through the back door are well known.) Some people would say that such "hidden" racism was worse, but I don't think so. They're equally bad, except the overt was EVERYWHERE and the hidden was only in specific hotels or restaurants. I remember a vacation our family took when I was about 10, and being confused at the "Whites Only" restrooms throughout South Carolina and Florida. I never heard of such a thing before that.I was born in 1947, just a month before Jackie Robinson played his first major league game, so I am eager to see "42." But then I was a Yankees fan anyway, so I probably wouldn't have noticed all the commotion.
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