Category Archives: Roots of Injustice

“Texas Friendly”

“Our mobile home court is very secure,” the thin retired woman with coiffured gray hair told me. “As you can see, we have a high chain link fence and are a gated community. The crime rate in here is nearly … Continue reading

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Earl Varner’s Mother

The tragic death of Trayvon Martin has triggered memories of a similar incident that occurred about twenty-five years ago. Mary Robinson, an African American social activist born in 1943, and I were working on a book about her home community … Continue reading

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Separate and Unequal

In 1981, the African American midwife described one of her most heartbreaking deliveries. As we talked we sat under a big pecan tree in the front yard of a remodeled farm house near Americus, Georgia, she explained that she had … Continue reading

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Inequality

We smelled the house before we reached it, a terrible stench of human waste and illness. The green, eight foot square house stood on tilted brick stilts. Rotten debris was piled under the base, and a thin, limping gray kitten … Continue reading

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Ten-Gallon Crock

The old woman with the booming voice clasped her hands under her heavy breasts. Light came in from the side window, outlining her expressive face. Behind her a cookie jar in the shape of a monk imitated her motion. As … Continue reading

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April

There is a memory I have. It is of a friend so dismembered from all that was accepted that she seems almost a breath, but she was important. I remember her face right as the tips of our breasts began … Continue reading

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Unions

I sat next to Mary’s Robinson, a retired African American, textile union organizer from Alabama. I tape recorded her story as she described union power in the past. “In 1979 we also went up to Washington D.C., to this big … Continue reading

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