At 69 I’ve traveled much of the Americas—North, South and Central—the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I’ve also spent more than a total of 23 years in jails and prisons.
In all of that travel and circumstances, I’ve only encountered two truly horrific and systemic examples of racist hate and violence: the American South and Israel.
This is the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. Many will no doubt be watching the documentaries of that period. Well over half of the US and the world today were not even born yet back in 1961.
For them, I suppose it’s all just ancient history. For me, it was yesterday.