Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Its historical legacy


We hear the words “systemic racism” thrown around quite a bit. There is the historical legacy of slavery which fades some every year. Years ago deep in Nevada County, a conversati­on took place revealing a battlefiel­d antidote to racism as a matter of the heart.

It was like this at a school board meeting: A nice young lady who taught political science at college level who had family connection­s to Harriet Tubman thought in principle that there should be quotas for African Americans and, in response, a retired military man who joined the school board with a desire to help said, “I don’t know why you refer to people as African Americans. I fought with men in Vietnam who died. They didn’t even know where Africa was. To me they were just Americans with dark skin.”



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