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    1. Thanks. Sad to say that Black History has not been incorporated or included into most American school curriculum. I have spoken with young white co-workers who came of age in the 1990s and many of them especially those raised in the Mid-West or the South have never hears of certain Black Inventors, Scientists or Business people. Also one of the younger white curators who had curated a Block Buster exhibit of a living African-American artist had to admit that he never knew or learned about the Great Migration until he curated the special exhibit.

      1. Growing up in Michigan, I knew that a lot of Southerners had moved north for good factory jobs, both black and white people. My mother, a poor white farm girl from Tennessee, and her brother and his wife moved to Detroit (where she met my father). Several friends/neighbors from TN were in our area, too. And we had a lot of 2nd and 3rd cousins in Ohio. Most were survivors of the Great Depression.

        But I was unaware of the Great Migration. It must have been a very harsh uprooting. It makes me think blacks not only experienced racism, but were also treated like poor immigrants. I’m sorry to be so oblivious, but am glad to know more now. Thank you, Dancing.

      2. Your Welcome. Therein lies a great deal of the problem, ie. the American Mis-Education System. I know about the Dust Bowl, the Grapes of Wrath, and other portions of white history but whites don’t know anything about the Great Migration involving Blacks or The Trail of Tears which was forced migration for the Native Americans. Glad I could teach and enlighten.

      3. Have you seen Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next?” When he’s in Germany, he learns that school children are taught about the Jewish Holocaust, and take it seriously to heart that they are responsible to never let anything like that happen again in their country. (Ah, I thought, that’s why Angela Merkel will not turn away refugees.) Because Germany has faced their sins, they have been able to heal a great deal from their history as inhumane Nazis. That is what the United States needs to do. The Equal Justice Initiative plans a Lynching Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. I wonder if it might slowly begin a reality/healing process here in The States.

      4. No not yet. I have heard about this film. Thanks for the information about the Equal Justice Initiative. As for the healing process in America. Maybe. But that is not something I will live to see. Perhaps future generations.

      5. I’m not that optimistic either. I think healing could happen relatively rapidly if there were not elements that need division in order to flourish (whether that’s capitalism, corruption, or pathological greed). There’s a darkness on our land.

      6. I agree 100%. As long as we live in a society that needs the “Other” unity becomes a problem. My hope is that the future will be brighter for today’s kids. I sincerely hope that the next generation will do better. Have better more peaceful lives.

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