Not all who picked cot­ton were paid

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

In re­sponse to “I picked cot­ton, and I see no racial slur” (Oct. 19 Fo­rum):

Fo­rum writer Jack Mor­ris says “My friends were chil­dren of share­crop­pers. We were all poor and picked cot­ton for ex­tra cash.”

Those on the field trip who took of­fense at the farm guide’s ref­er­ence to cot­ton pick­ers may have been de­scen­dants of slaves who re­ceived no

cash for their work. Be­fore mak­ing judg­ments, could we try to un­der­stand the other per­son’s rea­sons? Per­haps we could heal the di­vide and lessen the anger in our coun­try if we did.

– Betty Lit­tle, Gas­to­nia

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