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ruin wrote

This article made me think about my brushes with the old guard black intelligentsia in the south. I was working in agriculture and spent a bit of time at conferences at Tuskegee and other similar institutions. The contrast between the farmers (mostly former sharecroppers) and the top organizers (black academics working with USDA) was stark. Three piece suits, well kept beards and spectacles vs dirty coveralls and muddy boots. The common ground seemed to be Baptist Christianity and a strong sense of knowing and maintaining ones role in the whole charade. Bizarre.