--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> In a message dated 12/20/05 7:02:05 P.M. Central Standard Time,  
> But for  a southerner growing up during segregation its hard to imagine
> he didn't  understand what it meant. 
> Or he is dense. Like someone who grrew up in  the 50's and 60's and
> doesn't "get" that there was inherent racism in "Aunt  Jamaiah"  ads.
> And to then walk up to a modern day elderly black woman  and say, "You
> look just like Aunt Jamaiah -- I bet you make great  pancakes". 
> Either way, its not a pretty  picture.
> No it's not hard to imagine at all. I grew up in Texas during 
> and never heard that rubbing a Negroes' head was done for luck. 

Ok. If you are saying this is teh first time you have ever heard of
the practice. Which is odd, I grew up in the north and heard of the
practice at some point -- probably in college years. Perhaps we each
had different levels of social awareness.

In  fact I could 
> see that being used as an excuse to put your hand a head full  of
stubble or 
> short napping hair to feel the texture. Growing up in the fifties 
the common 
> hair cut was either a crew cut or a flat top and rubbing a white 
> head was just as common if not more so. No racism or disrespect was
> intended, if anything, it showed affection and acceptance. Of course
if  somebody 
> rubbed a Negroes' head and said "boy, aren't you on the wrong side
of  the 
> tracks?" you have a different story. Attitude is the  key.

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