Booker’s Place

Booker’s Place

So I may not have time for a long post today, but I did want to talk about a new documentary analyzing race relations in Mississippi in the 1960s. One particular interview became famous for displaying the the violent undercurrent of the friendliness that the deep south was famous for. This waiter, Booker, was eventually killed for speaking out about what the south was truly like, and what it really meant when a black waiter was friendly to a white customer. This is important to understand. Even today, people often mistake friendliness for true compassion, respect, and companionship. And we assume often that because people of different races are friendlier to each other now, we have solved racism. That may not be the case, and I don’t have time right now to dive into why that’s not true. For now, I say, just watch this. There’s also a Dateline piece on this topic that is longer and I’ll try to post it after I’ve seen it.

That’s all for now. Doing a Cajun/Zydeco tour of Louisiana today! See y’all soon.


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