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Response to deurbano (Reply #114)

Tue Jan 13, 2015, 12:17 AM

118. I have no idea, my memories are mixed up.

 

It's likely I became aware of him as an entertainer at
the same time the song came out. It seemed to me an
extraordinary time and for the first time I was envious of
the beautiful black people. Suddenly there were so many
celebratory expressions of African heritage, hair, colors,
being black, being proud.

In contrast I was descended from primarily pasty white and
emotionally repressed Europeans. There was no color, only
beige and gray. "Say it loud, I'm beige and I'm proud" just
didn't ring.

Fortunately it was the sixties, when even white people
became colorful.

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