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The_Negro_Motorist_Green_Book

The Negro Motorist Green-Book was, according to wikipedia, published from 1936-66. Its goal was to help black travelers safely navigate the roads of America. Particularly in the south (the same areas Trump carried handily) travel in the first half of the 20th century was extraordinarily difficult for anyone driving while black (“DWB”). In some instances DWB could get you killed. It was hard to get gas, food, and lodging- the basics of travel taken for granted by literally everyone else in America. The Green-Book is available digitally from the New York Public Library and PDF can be found here. Hard copies of the actual book can be found used online fairly readily.

It seems that the book may find a resurgence in popularity. Missouri, best know recently for Ferguson and the shooting of Michael Brown, has the distinction of have a formal warning to black people from the NAACP.

each individual should pay special attention while in the state of Missouri and certainly if contemplating spending time in Missouri.

The warning specifically cites such high profile Missouri intellectuals as Republican Sen. Gary Romine– who sponsored a bill that makes it harder for folks to file discrimination suits.

The warning also cites Representative Richard Ray “Rick” Brattin Jr., who drew a distinction between homosexuals and human beings- but at least he invoke religion.

When you look at the tenets of religion, of the Bible, of the Qur’an, of other religions, there is a distinction between homosexuality and just being a human being.

Thanks Ricky, for that bit of enlightenment.

Missouri has again made history. And it might be the cause for the return of the “Green Book.” All I can say is WTF Missouri?

 

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