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I just... I'm hearing the audio right, right?
I can deal with fast talkers. It's the "LOL wut?" of the words that's throwing me off.

How do you pack that much stupidity in so few words??

First, the idea Jim Crow wasn't "socially imposed" is empirically false. NC law didn't require Woolworth's to segregate their lunch counter.
Second, government imposition *is* social imposition. That's the nature of a democracy, and why the "but with minority rights" needs to be tacked onto "majority rule"
"Not exceptionally bright" is one way of putting it

A Los Angeles hipster giving "lessons" on North Carolina history is f*cking hilarious. It boggles my mind.
Black folk, and Native Americans, had separate seating at restaurants

No state law required that
Wanted to go to the movies? Black folk and Native Americans had to sit in the balconies

No state law required that
Wanted to lobby for better schools for your kids? Black folk and Native Americans had to join the North Carolina Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, because they weren't allowed in the white org

No state law required that
Wanted to swim? The private pools were segregated

No state law required that
Needed medical care? The private hospitals were segregated

No state law required that
Needed to die? The f*cking burial plots were segregated – there's still one on land that's since been acquired by UNC Chapel Hill, across the street from the soccer field

No state law required that
Need a loan from the bank? Segregated redlining

Labor union? Segregated membership

Housing? Segregated covenants
Literally none of that was mandated by any state or federal law

It was "socially imposed" – and sustained precisely because government actors permitted it to continue while private actors refused to budge
You obviously haven't read the "Jim Crow laws" entry on Wikipedia

Entirely accurate. That was the whole point behind The Negro Motorist Green Book – black families knowing where they could go on vacation so they wouldn't end up killed

The Lumbee here weren't federally recognized until 1956, even though they'd been recognized by the state since 1885

You're also white. Of course you're fine with private discrimination, because the effects don't affect you substantively

The echoes of Jim Crow still reverberate pretty strongly here. The Wilmington Insurrection, the Sit-In Movement, McKissick v Carmichael, a long long list

WaPo did a deep dive on segregation today. When the "government imposed" version is illegal.

The idea it's not "socially imposed" is fatuous.

[h/t @TweetnMeSoftly]…
I'm telling you man, the tapestry of this country is stunning in many ways

Hell James Meredith is still very much alive, and he got shot

The problem is that one often begets the other. Had I not gone to an HBCU, I could've easily continued living my life oblivious to the world around me

The FHA institutionalized it with their "security maps" in the 1930s, but the practice existed before then

It wasn't officially termed "redlining" until the 1960s
It was a contributor, but not an originator. The practice was already commonplace by the time the FHA passed, but that in turn amplified it everywhere because it effectively created new federal guidelines for discrimination

Pre-FHA, each bank had its own collateral criteria that just totally coincidentally (::wink::) tended to exclude black neighborhoods. Post-FHA, there were now "security maps" in 200+ cities that explicitly designated black neighborhoods as unsafe for investment
If you haven't read it, check out "White Flight" by Prof @KevinMKruse

There's a whole chapter on how private businessmen practically begged for a federal decision on segregation, precisely b/c their "socially imposed" private choices got them boycotted…
Those business owners didn't much care whether segregation was required or prohibited, they just wanted something uniform b/c SNCC would boycott if they segregated and the Klan would boycott if they integrated

Here's Amazon's link to @KevinMKruse's book:…
If you ever get bored, you can still go in the "colored bathrooms" at the North Carolina General Assembly that are 20% the size of the white ones

My office building – the 2nd Durham County Library – was the "whites only" library when it was built in 1921

I mean we all have to go eventually!

Here's a 1921 photo of the building I'm in today…
What on Earth could have happened, between oh idk 1963 and now, that helped lead to fewer folks being "brutally oppressed by private discrimination"?

It's a mystery

You've claimed several times now that only a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of business owners would discriminate

Sooo... pretty much by your own admission those laws cannot do more harm than good b/c they're not harming anybody

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