Not all who picked cotton were paid
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