Sunday, December 4, 2022

Things get better

Song: A Flock of Seagulls "I Ran (So Far Away)" If that video doesn't make you laugh, I don't know what will. If you know that song, this might freak you out.

From Bill Bryson's funny The Lost Continent, published in 1989:

I came across the campus of the University of Mississippi.... Young people, all looking as healthy and as wholesome as a bottle of milk, walked along with books tucked under their arms or sat at tables doing homework. At one table, a black student sat with white people. Things had clearly changed. It so happened that twenty-five years ago to the very week there had been a riot on this campus when a young black named James Meredith, escorted by 500 federal marshals, enrolled as a student at Ole Miss. The people of Oxford were so inflamed at the thought of having to share their campus with a Niggra boy that they wounded thirty of the marshals and killed two journalists. Many of the parents of these serene-looking students must have been among the rioters, hurling bricks and setting cars alight. Could that kind of hate have been extinguished in just one generation? It hardly seemed possible. But then it was impossible to imagine these tranquil students ever rioting over a matter of race.

Speaking of the South: Hushpuppies.
Mentioned in Losing, but this picture was cut.

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