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It Was a "Whites Only" Gas Station.....

After 60 Years, Girl's Experience At Whites-Only Gas Station Still Hurts

 

Francine Anderson grew up in a small town in Virginia in the 1950s. As a young black girl, she knew all too well about racism in the Jim Crow South — but it wasn't until one night, driving back home from her grandmother's house, that she truly understood the danger she faced because of the color of her skin.

 

"There's a road that was long and dark, and my father did what no black man at the time was supposed to do — allowed his car to run out of gas," Anderson, now 65, says. "He ended up pushing the car, and the only place he could get to was a white truck stop with the 'White Only' signs up."

 

When they got to the truck stop, Anderson says that despite the signs, her father went up and knocked on the door.

 

"A guy came up, he said, 'What are you doing, <n-word>? Get away from here — can't you read?'

 

And my dad, he took his hat and held it in his hand trying to make himself small, 'cause he was kind of a tall man," Anderson says. "He said to the guy, umm, 'I see your sign, sir. I'm sorry, I'm not trying to disturb you or your business. I just got my young kids in the car. Could I just buy a couple of gallons of gas?' "

 

Anderson says the guy responded, " 'I don't deal with your kind,' and he stepped back and he slammed the door."

 

Her father then turned and walked back to the car — and Anderson says that, in that moment, she knew he was afraid.

 

"He got in the car and I can remember asking him questions: 'Why can't we go? Why won't he give us any gas?' And he wasn't answering," she says. "It occurred to me as a little kid, 'we're in real trouble.' "

 

But then the door to the gas station opened and another man came out. Immediately, her father stiffened up.

 

Anderson says, "This guy got to the passenger window and said, 'I don't know what's wrong with that guy. I'm going to go get you some gas, OK?' " Anderson says. "I remember my dad was real grateful and saying, 'Let me give you these few dollars,' and the guy would say, 'No, no, it's OK.' "

 

In that moment, Anderson says she felt ashamed for her dad.

 

"Not because he'd done anything wrong, but because I felt like he had been made smaller in my eyes as a child," she says.

 

Whenever she talks to people about this story today, Anderson says she get mixed responses.

 

"If I talk to whites about that story, they focus on the man and how kind he was," Anderson says.

 

"And he was kind, but at the same time when I talk to blacks about that story they're more focused on the fact that it wasn't illegal for him to deny us gas."

 

She says that was the law of the land at the time.

 

"Had my dad been defiant, that's a risk ... you could be killed speaking up for yourself," Anderson says. "It's the first time that I realized that there was real danger there. I was 5 years old."

 

After 60 Years, Girl's Experience At Whites-Only Gas Station Still Hurts


"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
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@ChasKy53 wrote:

@TxGrandpa2 wrote:

 


My Cherokee ancestry is but a minute part of it.  Mostly is tied to royalty of Great Britain and continental emporers.


Ooooh !    Aahhhhhh !  Impressive ...............



Yes, isn't it, and it only looks good on pedigree charts.  Probably millions can also claim the same ancestry.


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@TxGrandpa2 wrote:

@nctarheel wrote:

 

Your Cherokee ancestry was pertinent to the post because this man, supported by TRUMP, has a violent hate of the Cherokee Nations, and you have repeatedly mentioned they were your ancestors.

 

 


My Cherokee ancestry is but a minute part of it.  Mostly is tied to royalty of Great Britain and continental emporers. 

 

And there is no doubt that you are attempting to use it as a personal attack...and further I don't pull it up as a weapon when someone has a different opinion. Therefor, I have as much a right to pull up your heritage as you do.  And again, you claim in your case it is being biased to mention it.  I would believe that you cannot engage in civil discussion with attempting to insult others.

 

And further you have taken this off-topic for your own devious purposes. 

 


I am neither devious nor am I attempting to insult anyone.

 

Your comments, "Segregation is a two way street" and "(Segregation) works both ways" are indefensible.

 

To use a couple of examples where you were seen(as a White man) as a threat and confronted in a Black area is not even close to being a VICTIM of segregation. As someone asked earlier, were you ever refused service in a restaurant, did you have to go to the bathroom in the woods, or did you have to sit in the back of the bus.

 

You have no idea what segregation was, had been, or is now.

 

 

NO! IT'S CONSERVATIVES THAT ARE NUTTIER THAN SQUIRREL POOP!
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@nctarheel wrote:

 

You have no idea what segregation was, had been, or is now.

 

 


I probably have more idea than you.  Where were you in the early 1940s when it was readily apparent?  Everything was segregated in the South, and I was aware of it. 

 

You just can't help attempting to tell others what they know, etc. You keep accusing me, yet refusing to answer anything about yourself or to validate your posts.  By now I'm sure a good many has an idea about your posts...mostly attacking others.  I have to believe that you were not around, or young, during pre-civil rights days, post-Vietnam.

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Of course,  most have very little idea about racism or discriminatory issues, they only see what they want to see. and comprehend what they want to comprehend in this thread, you are worse in a way than me. After all you are a white American. and of course how could you understand anything like that.

Me, they have a problem A Cuban that claims to be white and on top, a Republican LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL

Is just like Sammy Davis Jr, being black and jewish. LOL  LOL  LOL 
I would like to see them discussing the primaries in 2018. I wonder if they will know what to do then.
This message board used to be pretty good until it got hijakced by posters that want to be the Editors in Chief.
No problem posters come and go. and it is a pity that some of them don't simply go.

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