As the mother said, her earnings from picking, a dollar a day, would only cover day care with 15 cents to spare -- and didn't cover the two dollars a day for her family to eat.

A searing indictment of history...and also sounds very familiar in the PRESENT.
Here's a link to the full doc, HARVEST OF SHAME (1960). My mother mentioned this doc to me. She actually grew up in Belle Glade, Florida.

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My 16-year-old son, who is on his high school football team, FINALLY acknowledged to me that he knows I'm the one who taught him how to throw a football spiral! He has been disputing this for years.
No, his team is not playing during Covid. But they do have no-contact practices now.
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I’m reading @Stephen King’s THE STAND as a part of #thestandpodcast & and I’m close to the end, where the Free Zone characters (the Good Side) are meeting the fear-motivated followers of Randall Flagg (the Bad Side)…and I'm again struck by parallels in our true-life plague 1/ Image
Covid isn't Captain Trips. We lucked out. But this "shambling zombie" virus is having a devastating impact in the U.S. because of Covid denial and Tr*mp's epic failure to lead.

This week, one of my RTs drew a bunch of trolls & I visited denier profiles as I was blocking them...
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Reading denier profiles, I often had the same thought...
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About to see CATS.

I don’t often see movies because they’re supposed to be terrible...but when I do, I make it a movie that’s supposed to be EPICALLY terrible.
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CATS is so bad. It broke me.

I literally had tears streaming down my face. I was still laughing like a lunatic in the bathroom stall afterward.

Me in the third act trying not to laugh so I wouldn't "ruin" the movie for someone near me who might be enjoying it
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Please learn about this story and share it.…

UPDATE: This #JoshuaBrown story gets more troubling as I learn more:

"Merritt wrote in a Facebook post Saturday night that the medical examiner told him Brown was shot in the mouth and chest."…
Remember that we still do not have an official report on where #JoshuaBrown was shot.

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Please don’t expect the people who have sacrificed and fought white supremacy for generations to do your work now that it has come to your attention.
First, retire the sentence “This is not our country.” Read the history books. Watch some documentaries.

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White supremacy only felt like it had “gone underground” to people it wasn’t affecting.
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