Grandfather used the term nigger he didnt consider
it a disrespectful term; thats what everybody called blacks
in his day, thats what they called themselves. There were some
official documents using the term Negro, which comes from
the Latin meaning black. As time went by, some Southern
politicians used the more deferent name, Nigras.
At Christmastime I used to get nigger toes in my stocking.
I never knew until I was a teenager that the real name of those nigger
toes was Brazil nuts.
Maltreatment of African-Americans didnt end with the Civil War.
My little town of Sayre, Oklahoma, along with a sprinkling of other
towns in the state, adhered to the Sundown Rule. It was
fine for an African-American to enter the town but he always had to
be out of town by sundown. The Sundown Rule started being ignored
by the 1920s, but even as late as the 1970s there were only a handful
of African-American families in town. When I was a boy in the 1930s,
African-Americans could not be served in restaurants; however some
restaurants had little side windows where African-Americans could
buy take-out food.
My Daddy saw an almost end to sanctioned color prejudice in his lifetime
as described below by my Uncle Carlton Cornels in his book And
Thats The Way Sayre Was.