2. One of my relatives saying that a participant, Viola Liuzzo, (a white Northerner murdered a few weeks later), “got what she asked for.”
3. Years before, a first grade teacher in Philadelphia telling my classmate Cherry that she could not walk home with me because she was black (hadn’t noticed until then).
4. My dad explaining that a park we always went to on family visits to Montgomery, Alabama, was closed because courts ordered it integrated.
5. Over lunch in Birmingham, Alabama, during the Montgomery bus boycott, an acquaintance of my mom's saying, "Our nxxxxxs down here are gettin kinda surly." (Learned a new word: surly!)
6. A house near ours in Arcadia, California, where I went to high school, vandalized after neighbors learned a Chinese family was moving in (Arcadia is now at least 60% Asian-American.)
7. That the famous namesake of a research institute I worked at in California refused to relocate there until La Jolla realtors would sell homes to Jews.
8. Utter disbelief on revisiting Birmingham 4 years ago to discover that the airport is named for the divinely insane and courageous Fred Shuttlesworth.
9. Days after the Supreme Court eviscerated the Voting Rights Act on June 25, 2014, the Texas Republican party calling for repeal of what’s left of it and Mississippi assuring us they'd enforce voter photo ID laws.
10. That this morning's NYTimes says (my paraphrase) that the Ferguson, Missouri, city fathers systematically harassed and then financially milked poor and minority citizens.