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02 January 2013


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A fascinating, deeply moving and important post, John.

Certainly it would have been better for the magazine's readers to have gotten involved in the black liberation movement, rather than just throw money at a very difficult family situation.

Addressing the root of the problem through educating the young through history lessons would also be helpful. I have to wonder if this kind of information presented in this very heart wrenching blog post is actually taught in elementary classes? I imagine that there would be a lot of opposition to such a thing, especially under the surface.

But to me, it is never too early to educate kids about these social issues. Perhaps then they would become proactive adults.

This might just be the best and potentially the most important blog post I have ever read. I'll be honoured to share it far and wide. Thank you for sharing John.

Thank you John, for this fantastic post. Incredibly moving and poignant story

Decades later we are still trying to cope with, answer and evade the very same issues, the very same problems...

The fact that this essay remains so powerful is testament to the talent of the storyteller, and the overwhelming pervasiveness of the the problems he focused on, problems which have yet to be addressed in an honest, open and forthright manner.

Thank you John for allowing me to share this terrific piece.

It's been a while since I checked in with your blog but this one was riveting. Social change does not come quickly or easily. It was a piece of the whole. And while some things are better, there is still a lot of poverty and despair in America, especially among those minorities trapped in the cities. A few make it out, but most don't. We have to keep on trying and hoping. Thanks for sharing.

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