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Men Share Stories of Race Relations in Charlottesville's Past

There are 44 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from May 9, 2013, titled Men Share Stories of Race Relations in Charlottesville's Past. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Even in Charlottesville, considered one of the most liberal cities in Virginia, blacks and whites had to fight to be seen not only equal as late as the 1970s and beyond.

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fred

Danville, VA

#1 May 21, 2013
Considered one of the most liberal cities in Virginia? Try in the world!!!
citizen

Charlottesville, VA

#2 May 21, 2013
While the grandstanders are at it maybe they would care to comment on how safe the town was back then in terms of shootings and violence?

In the 1960's this place was full of pickup trucks with rifle racks and confederate bumper stickers and shootings were limited to deer. People were also more courteous and that includes both races.

The media would have those under 40 or so think that we have made great strides and those old enough to remember then and now know a lot better.

Not to mention that in the 1970's Charlottesville hadn't yet become a pawn of greedy real estate salesmen and nobody had to work two jobs to maintain a mere subsistence level lifestyle since the area was a low cost place to live.

I challenge everyone in reader land to talk to the folks now in their 70's and get the big picture as to then and now.
2022 2022 TCO

Conyers, GA

#3 May 22, 2013
Let it go people let it go. If it is so bad for black people that they are discrimination for housing than don't live in Friendship court for over 20 years like some of the residents have. I thought that it was to help folks get on their feet and after the 2 year lease was up they were to move out??? Guess we can't kick somebody out after more than 20 years that would be too harsh. Mean while there are people black and white that could use that apartment. Don't forget that the children of Friendship court use the Downtown mall as their playground with out parental supervision. If the Confederate flag is so bad than how come I saw a black man wearing a Confederate doo rag at Gold's gym the other day??? I understand things were bad and racism was around back then but fast-forward to 2013 things have changed in a big way.
Roy g Biv

Harrisonburg, VA

#4 May 22, 2013
Not as many carpet baggers back then either.
Free

Morris Plains, NJ

#5 May 22, 2013
It is so true SLAVEY was wrong, It ended long time ago.but it won't die because the Blacks won't let it.
It's a contine give me give me all the time.White man now is the ones discrimated against. Blacks are smart enough to stand together and get everything they protest for.K.eep on and you won't even have to get out of bed in the mornings and have it all
Rush Maddow

Richmond, VA

#6 May 22, 2013
Mmmmm, sweet delicious White Guilt
get over it

Charlottesville, VA

#7 May 22, 2013
Racism works both ways. I grew up in this city as a young white "English" American, I was called whitey, cracker and redneck by blacks .
As long as we continue to be selective about what we discuss about our past , the picture is only painted one way.
keep it separate

Charlottesville, VA

#8 May 22, 2013
Rush Maddow wrote:
Mmmmm, sweet delicious White Guilt
no white guilt here! go ask your black ancestors in africa "who sold you out"? now you have a better life than ever imagined!
Intelligence

Crozet, VA

#9 May 22, 2013
Racism has to stop at home before it can end in society, that includes every home caucasion to african american!!
G Luv

Marietta, GA

#10 May 22, 2013
keep it separate wrote:
<quoted text>no white guilt here! go ask your black ancestors in africa "who sold you out"? now you have a better life than ever imagined!
:facepalm:
pillow case

Charlottesville, VA

#11 May 22, 2013
lots of undercover black racists out there as well!
G Luv

Marietta, GA

#12 May 22, 2013
citizen wrote:
While the grandstanders are at it maybe they would care to comment on how safe the town was back then in terms of shootings and violence?
In the 1960's this place was full of pickup trucks with rifle racks and confederate bumper stickers and shootings were limited to deer. People were also more courteous and that includes both races.
The media would have those under 40 or so think that we have made great strides and those old enough to remember then and now know a lot better.
Not to mention that in the 1970's Charlottesville hadn't yet become a pawn of greedy real estate salesmen and nobody had to work two jobs to maintain a mere subsistence level lifestyle since the area was a low cost place to live.
I challenge everyone in reader land to talk to the folks now in their 70's and get the big picture as to then and now.
Chuckle. If them coloreds just knew their place like they did back in the good ole' days...back when respect came in 12 and 20 gauge sizes...
G Luv

Marietta, GA

#13 May 22, 2013
But more pertinent: why is this place always filled with people to learn about history -- lest we repeat it -- until an article on race comes up? These are interesting and important stories that shed light on life in the past.
Eaglescout1984

Charlottesville, VA

#14 May 22, 2013
They forgot the part where the city schools shut down for a year rather than integrate. Yeah, Charlottesville seems to want to forget about that...
Dude

Spotsylvania, VA

#15 May 22, 2013
fred wrote:
Considered one of the most liberal cities in Virginia? Try in the world!!!
You don't get out much, do you?
give up

Charlottesville, VA

#16 May 22, 2013
What does being a liberal city have to do with the civil rights act? Look at the vote break down for the Civil Rights act. Far more liberals voted against it than conservatives. Remember it was a Democrate that led the filibuster against that bill.

Please learn history.
Dude

Spotsylvania, VA

#17 May 22, 2013
give up wrote:
What does being a liberal city have to do with the civil rights act? Look at the vote break down for the Civil Rights act. Far more liberals voted against it than conservatives. Remember it was a Democrate that led the filibuster against that bill.
Please learn history.
My head is spinning...
Liberalism espouses individual freedom, equality, and minimal government control. Conservatism espouses, the resistence to change, and traditionalism. Neither party holds a monopoly on those philosophies or specific tenets of them.
former frat brat

Bethesda, MD

#18 May 22, 2013
1) This book was taken off the shelves statewide and the fight to do so had gone on for years. Some Seventh grader didn't "git er done"

2) Blacks that were born into slavery only knew the life they lived and many did find "happiness" within their framework. Yes they hated their boss like anyone else but there are all kinds of writings, drawings and pictures of black children playing. Also white children worked too in non slave households because it was a nessessity. A minoity of owners whipped thier slaves just like a minority of owners today whip thier mules or work dogs.

3) like it or not slaves were chattel, they were collateral to the bank and were considered intelletually inferior to whites. The evidence for that conclusion was that they still lived like animals and were brought to civilization from the jungle and had to be taught the most basics of modern culture as the Europeans saw it. It may have been an incorrect asumption but it was not an unreasonable one.

4) Vinegar Hill was dump with outhouses and toxic pollution. People lived in well documented squalor in shantys owned by slumlords. The city built people a shiny new air conditioned building called Westhaven and it worked fine until the city started letting in criminals along with the poor. If the black community wants that squalor back then go to Nelson county and buy an old abandoned farm and dig some outhouses and drink out of the creek. There is nothing to be nostalgic about and no one was run out of town except slumlords.

5) Blacks in Charlottesville have it better than almost any southern city. They are not harrassed and those that choose to integrate are accepted pretty well as is proved by the interacial births at the Hospitals.

6) The blacks that choose to keep to themselves cannot blame "whitey" for their own choice.

7) The old guard racists are dying out or are past retirement age where they are no longer doing the influential decision making so we are evolving to where people want to be at an accelerating rate.

8) Everyone has an ancestor in their past that got screwed by somebody...Who should feel worse.. a guy whos ancestor was a slave to a white person 150 years ago or a guys whos mother was raped by a black man 10 years ago? Everything is relative and everything needs perspective.

9) Did this guy go to Walker during the times that Police had to show up on the last day of school because blacks would put a white victim in the Hospital?(look it up in the daily progress archives)

10) Can this guy say that blacks were nice toi him at Walker and didn't punch him on a daily basis? Doubtful
really

Charlottesville, VA

#19 May 22, 2013
2022 2022 TCO wrote:
Let it go people let it go. If it is so bad for black people that they are discrimination for housing than don't live in Friendship court for over 20 years like some of the residents have. I thought that it was to help folks get on their feet and after the 2 year lease was up they were to move out??? Guess we can't kick somebody out after more than 20 years that would be too harsh. Mean while there are people black and white that could use that apartment. Don't forget that the children of Friendship court use the Downtown mall as their playground with out parental supervision. If the Confederate flag is so bad than how come I saw a black man wearing a Confederate doo rag at Gold's gym the other day??? I understand things were bad and racism was around back then but fast-forward to 2013 things have changed in a big way.
Wow! Maybe you should "GO!..."
OHPLEEZE

Charlottesville, VA

#20 May 22, 2013
citizen wrote:
While the grandstanders are at it maybe they would care to comment on how safe the town was back then in terms of shootings and violence?
In the 1960's this place was full of pickup trucks with rifle racks and confederate bumper stickers and shootings were limited to deer. People were also more courteous and that includes both races.
The media would have those under 40 or so think that we have made great strides and those old enough to remember then and now know a lot better.
Not to mention that in the 1970's Charlottesville hadn't yet become a pawn of greedy real estate salesmen and nobody had to work two jobs to maintain a mere subsistence level lifestyle since the area was a low cost place to live.
I challenge everyone in reader land to talk to the folks now in their 70's and get the big picture as to then and now.
Actually, sweetie, I've talked to my white parents in their 80s and 90s...and the "racist utopia" you seem to remember is just a big old lie. But nice try.

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