Thursday, October 28, 2021

So "Brown Sugar" was about slavery?

I found out today that the Rolling Stones will no longer play "Brown Sugar" (going forward). Evidently, it hurts peoples "feelings". It was the opening track and #1 single of one of their greatest albums ever: "Sticky Fingers". To be honest, I have never been a "lyric listener", so to speak. Lead guitar was my thing and Keith Richards has always been one of my favorites. When is this "woke nonsense" going to stop? Will "Sympathy For The Devil" be next? I mean, that's cutting deep to the feelings of the evil elite that run things, don't ya think???

Friday, October 1, 2021

Gebhart v Belton (Del.1952) *** Originally posted on 10/02/2009

In 1952 my father, mother and older brother moved to Milford, Del. to open a local radio station, WKSB. Also making the move from the D.C. area was my mother's younger sister and her family. My Uncle Charlie was an engineer.
It had been my father's life long dream to have his own radio station. He had honed his avocation, advertising, at the Washington Post and several top radio stations in the metro Washington,D.C. area.
In the summer of 1952, the station opened to welcoming ears and welcoming advertisers.
All was going well until the fall of 1954.

Gebhart v Belton was one of four cases included in the historic Brown v Board of Education which found unconstitutional racial segregation in United States public schools. The Delaware case is unique among the four, as it was the only one to find segregation not lawful.

In the fall of 1954, as my mother was having difficulty in her last trimester of her pregnancy with this author, the Milford School District was ordered to integrate the high school by admitting eleven black students. Bryant Bowles, the founder of the N.A.A.W.P. came down from Baltimore and held well attended rallies in protest of this move.
There had been rumors that one black student asked a white girl to a dance. There had been rumors of riots and violence and property destruction. I asked my mother if any of theses rumors were true. She told me not to her recollection.

She did tell me that my father received threatening phone calls and that afterwards his ad revenue dried up. In her own words she said..."They (local segregationists) destroyed his lifelong dream".

WKSB closed in 1966, after the FCC pulled it's license, due to infractions that my father could not afford to fix. In 1968, my family moved to Salisbury, Md. to start over again.

A lot has changed in this world since I was just a heart beat in my mother's womb.
And then again, a lot has stayed the same.

Until the day I die, I will never understand why some people are so ignorant.