Category Archives: Racism

“Dead Negroes in Swamp”

[June 7, 2020: This will add history to the events of the past two weeks.] White Mob Closes In Mary Robinson and I were writing a book about her life. The daughter of African American share croppers in Alabama, she … Continue reading

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God Smiled

The Child Who Spoke Poetry One moonless night, when we lived in rural New Mexico, I drove eleven-year-old Toni Jones home. As usual, she had spent the weekend with my husband, family, and me. It was a normal weekend. She … Continue reading

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The Dilemma

Terrible Dilemma In May 1942, a young Japanese America woman, Mary Tsukamoto, was faced with a terrible moral dilemma. Should she help her desperate people in the short run when that meant cooperating with the government when the government was … Continue reading

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God Gave You a Big Mouth

Snake Running Loose The first time I visited Irene Mack Pyawasit, a Menominee Native Woman living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was in the early evening of one of the first days of spring in 1979. I drove into the alley of … Continue reading

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Prisoners and Peas

The Values of Her Mother Mary Robinson, an African American woman from Alabama, was 57 years-old when we talked in 2000. I was an oral historian, and my tape recorder ran on a nearby chair. Mary described a terrifying experience … Continue reading

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The Vow

The Wound The nearly grown corn glistened in the sun and seemed to speak to me. Its whispers may have saved my life. Blood still flowed from the wound between my legs. However, that wound was private. I could barely … Continue reading

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