My parents were idealistic 1970's liberals, and they decided to send their children forth to help integrate the public schools and make the world a better place. From the third grade through the eighth grade I attended predominantly black public schools. It was somewhat of a daily gauntlet. I would be cornered in the halls by groups of black guys, shoved up against lockers, threatened, slapped in the face, punched, spat on, had my books yanked out of my hands and thrown on the ground, for no other reason than because I was a white boy. There was "White Rabbit Day", where the white boys ran like rabbits. Complaining about it was an exercise in futility. My own father even told me it was a small price to pay for 300 years of slavery. As a 9 year old kid, that type of dismissive attitude was not much comfort.
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