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Well this is awkward

I'm a member of a small social media group that is only for people who grew up in my tiny southern hometown. I've been a member for years, and it's mostly just the town historian posting old photos from yearbooks, town events of decades past, and personal submitted photos from the townspeople. Fine.

But recently, admin posted a controversial photo which depicts two young men in blackface. The photo was from the 60s, which was right around when the Civil Rights movement had begun, and I should remind you- my hometown is a tiny rural town in the southern US Bible Belt. It is no stranger to blatant racism.

A couple of people of color who are members of the group expressed their shock and offense at this photo having been posted so lightly, without a disclaimer or explanation. They asked that the photo be removed and perhaps apologized for. Admin did not oblige.

So now the group is divided into 2 groups- those of us who think the posting of this photo is wrong and should have at least come with an explanation of why it was so necessary to post it...and others who feel like it's "history so why get upset now?". I am on the side of the former.

What became awkward is the fact that the debate eventually fell to mostly me and one other woman....and she was my high school math teacher! 馃く In high school I had actually really liked her, so it was kind of disappointing that she revealed herself to be on the opposing side. I get it- she's a southern native and racism is widely accepted there, even today. But I guess I expected more from an educator?

Oh well. People often disappoint.
Benjago41-45, M
I feel when people share something like that these days they know exactly what they are doing. Yes it鈥檚 history as far as it happened in the past. But to continue advertising it isn鈥檛 letting it remain there.
DrWatson70-79, M
My take on this is "yes, it is history" but nevertheless, seeing it posted without any disclaimers is very hurtful in the [i]present.[/i]

And it is not just a verbal description of history. It is an image. And the image is as fresh today as it was then.
Trekker51-55, M
You're not asking for opinion, so hugs! I've lived in bible belt too long, soo ready to leave when I can. Love, acceptance, a bit of outrage from me.
PTCdresser5761-69, M
That is a hard one seeing she is/was a teacher. Racism of any sorts has no place in this world....yet we still have it.
people are just stupid i would just leave the group & dont look back.
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DearAmbellina211341-45, F
@Suesinglemom that was the point I made in the group. Posting the photo would have been fine with a disclaimer/explanation.

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