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"A friend and I were having a couple of beers and having a discussion over the changing times we live in, and it came up that there was a time when "Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest. How lucky we were to live in those days!


I read that post and was thinking when that might have been. The 50s? Certainly not the 60s or the 70s, right? What with Jim Crow and the civil rights movement?"

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Depends upon everyone's specific situation.
If you live near a speedway, the race issue might be traffic or noise.
If you live near an inner city, the race issue might be areas where
you need to use caution.
If you were a city planner, the race issue might be where to locate the interstate
highway through your town.
If you were a Somali immigrant, the race issue might be where and how to find
housing close to public transportation to get you to work.
If you were a small business owner of any race in any city, the race issue
might be how to pay for business insurance - or how to find an insurance company
willing to issue a policy.

Even though people are grouped - people are also individuals. And while not
all individuals think about things the same way, they are all impacted by
situations and events close to them. This has not changed at all in my
lifetime. Publicity about some things is wider - and the civil rights
movement existed well before the 1960s. The perspectives now are greatly
changed - mostly for the better. But then as now, there were people who were
not prejudiced. Then as now, there were people who were prejudiced. Life is
not as simple as "then" and "now" - and is also not as simple as "black", "white",
"oriental", or "native".

Never was that simple.
Life is much too hard to be simple I think.

Howie52
Which maybe is why folks need faith and family - and need to actively
work to find happiness as we can.
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