It's always mildly irritating to see week of conversation around race and national politics boiled down to "Is Rick Perry racist?"
Jan Gannaway, a Haskell native who is white, said integration took time.
"We weren't integrated nearly as rapidly as the North," she said. "But we've always had a different relationship with our blacks than the North has, too. It's often been said, and I think it's true, we love them individually and kind of distrust them as a group, whereas in the North, they don't want to get too close to them individually but they embrace them as a group."
I guess. I tend to think that in a town where "our blacks" is an actual phrase, integration will tend to go slow.
I've heard many variations on the love them as individual theme. It does get at a deeper truth -- that white and black Southerners generally come from the same seed, and are entwined in a way, the black and white Northerners are not.
My wife is taking a class on racism and intellectual thought. She's amazed that many of the early scientists arguing that black people are a separate species aren't slave owners, whereas many of the people arguing for the humanity of black people, are slave-owners. It makes a strange kind of sense. The slave-owners were surrounded by blacks. They weren't just sitting around examining skulls.