12.13.2007

Black eye

Currently listening to Doris Kearns Goodwin's "No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in WWII."

On 20 June 1943, while the U.S. waged war on two fronts, a race riot broke out in Detroit, Michigan, leaving many blacks and whites dead or injured.

Ms. Goodwin reports: On 22 June 1943, the Jackson (Miss.) Daily News declared:

"It is blood on your hands, Mrs. Roosevelt. You have been personally proclaiming and practicing social equality at the White House and whereever you go, Mrs. Roosevelt. What followed is now history."

So, Detroit had the race riot, Eleanor got blamed, and Jackson, Miss., got the black eye.

What followed is now history.

4 comments:

Delta Judge said...

Hard to believe how it was back then, even in the 50s and 60s with the Ledger and sister paper, the Daily News. Remember Sullens? Now he was funny and made it entertaining, because he came down on everybody. Like most of us, he was not racist, just a victim of segregation, and the laws and mores of the times.

Eowyn said...

Ahem. I feel like someone in the doorway--time out for a momment from the spoilers of our time to tell you this--You've probably heard about Rowling's handwritten books and the recent price they fetched at Sotheby's. I just noticed on Amazon there are pictures--they purchased one of the volumes. There's going to be more forthcoming from them. Wow. I'm into used and rare, and this is something to behold. Now, I'm sorry to interupt the conversation at hand, I'll back out of that door and close it.

Merry said...

Hi Eowyn! I left you a note right away, and now discover it didn't take, so I'll rpeat: Yep, she’s come a long way since her days as a single parent trying to make ends meet. I’ve read all of Stephen King’s books and thought he had the most remarkable imagination in the world, but Rowling left him in her dust. King himself has said that of her imagination. She is an amazing writer, because you become a part of her books. Now, get thee to Amazon.com and start with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” (Fair warning: the books take a decidedly darker turn toward the end of Book Four.) As a new reader, you will have the advantage of not having to WAIT until the next book comes out! Enjoy! :-) By the way, that door you came through was probably “Platform 9 and 3/4s.” That’s the secret portal to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – the primary setting for the books. BJ

Eowyn said...

Already reserved it at the library, should be here very soon. I'm going there to that imaginary place. I have to say that I use Amazon for every book's appraisal, read the chapter or whatever's given. I can't wait. I don't know why the sight of that book got me. The drawings, the beautiful drawings. The preciousness of the thing. . .