Black People Politics : The forgotten way African Americans stayed safe in a racist America

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For African American travelers, much of the U.S. could be a hateful and dangerous place, even into the 1960's.

Jim Crow laws across the South mandated that restaurants, hotels, pool halls and parks strictly separate whites and blacks. Lynchings kept blacks in fear of mob violence. And there were thousands of so-called “sundown towns,” including in northern states like Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan, which barred blacks after dark, an unofficial rule reinforced by the threat of violence.

So in 1936, a postal worker named Victor Green began publishing a guide to help African American travelers find friendly restaurants, auto shops and accommodations in far-off places. Green dubbed the guide after himself – the “Green Book” – and published it for decades. Green says he was inspired by the Jewish press, which had long published information on restricted places.

The images below come from the New York Public Library, which recently digitized
21 volumes of the Green Book, from 1937 to 1964. (You can click on the covers to enlarge.)

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...an-americans-stayed-safe-in-a-racist-america/
 

Queenie

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Liberty, I love you for this. :heart: I had forgotten all about this until now. Why have we forgotten or weren't taught how to survive and thrive in this country that continues to practice hatred, discrimination, and even segregation based on race? A forgotten era and a wealth of lessons that are still relevant because Civil Rights laws didn't eliminate the hatred, they just gave us greater access and exposure to the hatred. Wow, how I long for the wisdom of our ancestors and wish we could channel them and have a conversation!!
 

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Liberty, I love you for this. :heart: I had forgotten all about this until now. Why have we forgotten or weren't taught how to survive and thrive in this country that continues to practice hatred, discrimination, and even segregation based on race? A forgotten era and a wealth of lessons that are still relevant because Civil Rights laws didn't eliminate the hatred, they just gave us greater access and exposure to the hatred. Wow, how I long for the wisdom of our ancestors and wish we could channel them and have a conversation!!

Thank you, Queen. In these parts we still have to practice the "Green Book" lesson, but it is done more casually in our verbal tradition. I have been told which cities to avoid, which cities are notorious klan towns, etc. It would be easier to navigate if it were in print form though.
 

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