What Was It Like to Travel While Black During Jim Crow? | Op-Docs
What Was It Like to Travel While Black During Jim Crow? | Op-Docs First published in 1936 guide for African Americans travelling during the 40s 50s and early 60s postal worker Victor green and his colleagues who gathered a listing of restaurants, hotels and private homes that welcome black Travelers across the country started. Hitting the road African-Americans faced restrictions as they traveled travel with difficult and dangerous, it was later featured in the green book as a pool hall. Since 1958, I was born in Washington DC in 1939 and a segregated hospital. I lived in a Abigail and I went to a segregated school first. I didn’t realize any difference because all the people around me look like me. I was being discriminated again. You couldn’t try on clothes, you couldn’t try on house 2 years old in hecht’s department store with a little girl called me, a Niger in Spanish and would be blamed on me, the green book African food Greenville than any other city and this country to 1213. U Street was listed in the Greenville and that’s why we’re sitting here in Ben’s Chili Bowl at 1213? U Street today, every day that we opened after the current time, it’s still a safe haven for people and we invited the community in and we started with the neighborhood young men. This was home for them. They always said over there that corner it was always 868. 10 of them every evening from different walks of life in the community. When someone spilled something on the floor and their staff was visit, one of them. We’re doing the back at them up if we’re running out of ice sing of the building of a relationship. For this community is young guys that found this to be home. As soon as I started to broadcast professional basketball, Cindy wouldn’t have to go see that GameStop thing we didn’t have TV isn’t doing pretty well, but that was for him and that brought in close-knit community that when you came here for today., You ran into a friend, Particularly in the early 50 Washington DC on the train, we can sit anywhere on the train until you got to the Virginia line and when you get to the Virginia line, you had to go to the last train on the back and I remember being so frustrated Because we could not eat on the highway at the train, stop we couldn’t eat. We couldn’t the train, stop the train, leave yourself outside almost like you would if you were dumb and that’s the way. Basically, I thought the white people felt about me as a African-American on negro women or whatever they bigger woman or whatever that they felt like. I was not human, Not a Human, Being, a human being the dogs better. Now, right now that you two dogs better than they treated us as a as black Americans, Georgia down to Mississippi – and this was right after I had been beaten, beaten at me and they dragged off the bus and beat her. And you know I mean I remembered on that, but I felt that two things. First, I had to sit in the front two, so somebody was going to come up there and that was the reality that we wanted to change and remember. I was maybe fourteen years old when I started seeing the challenge Montgomery with the bus boycott with Rosa Parks. Just people telling us you not good because of people who got on the bus and challenge. You know that the institution that were developed we now can you can dream big. You can say you cannot block out dream now. We couldn’t say what I dreams were, but we could say you can block out. Then you can tell us what we can’t do. Those barriers could be life, threatening every trip to America for black person during those times was potentially fatal. It seemed like many people without the hurt us or even tell us just because we be sumption is at sometime, it stop and that’s not the case. It never stop. That’S a continuous thing that hasn’t changed since the beginning of the relationship that exists here. It’S like a river that keeps blowing and we don’t really see all of it, but at the end of the day, it’s something that started back in slavery and continued young black people. Don’T have the green book in front of them, but they have it in their head. Will you know long looking at your nose? No Negroes allowed stuff like that. What you looking at the same thing with says these are barriers here, and then people feel that if you gross these barriers, they have a right to kill. You Tamir, without your energetic squeeze all over him for the groceries, open and not came at your door to little voice, told me that my son was shot by the police and I was like in denial. I’M like no you’re, not talking about my kids Mike. Isn’T that the record player and my oldest son was laying on the couch, he wasn’t feeling well, but he ran out right past me. I guess he heard it in the little boy’s voice and T-Rex before me and and I’m still trying to get my coat. My shoes I’ll talk about it and I’ll. My kids is not my kids is playing and it surely enough, as I walk across the street around a little track. Where I can see, my son is laying on the ground with 10 police officers surrounding him, and my daughter is screaming in the back of the police car and they have my other stuff surrounded and they put him in the back of police car. So it was, it was terrible. It was that’s. That’S how that day turned out the police. Ask me what I asked me: they told me to calm down, or they were going to put me in the back of the police car I’m trying to get to my son and never let me get to him. They also. Let me ride in the front seat as a passenger of the Advil, and am so I never even got a chance to get back close to my the kiss him and let him know that was going to be alright. I don’t know what you were doing. Don’T know because they were surrounding him, not letting me go towards Selmon’s telling me the time down telling them. You need to let my kids out the car, they’re minors and stuff, like that and, like I told they gave me an ultimatum, to stay at the scene of the crime, children or to go with Tamir. I choose to go with you and I children. Everybody say what happened you know it was. They didn’t even want to release. My attorney have to threaten them to release after that it just what worldwide it wasn’t. When you wrote him and that’s what I see my son was here, I will never get that Vision out. My head, that’s devastating. I play it over and over again also with the picture of him laying on his journey, and it will not allow me to touch him because they, so I didn’t even get a chance to touch him or nothing that I had to get some air. Why didn’t have to I choose to give him cremated Laura Lee think I saw anyone that, but I don’t want to leave my son in Cleveland when I leave Ohio, so I will be taking him and my mother with me and I have them in my house. She has to go with me because I wasn’t finished finish: nursing him and America Rodney, especially if you’re black means to me that discrimination segregation still alive and that, even though I don’t have to have the green book. The guide me to a black person house and I can stay in any hotel. I want, but just think about the people who live in traveling black, a young man who was involved in the schools in the area where he lives, killed in front of his fiance traveling, while black traveling, while black. Just because I’m black and don’t give an answer. That they want traveling, while black In America still happening black man trapped in Wilder The Green Book was a critical guide for African-Americans struggling to travel safely in the Jim Crow era. This 360 degree video explores its complicated legacy.
This film offers a revealing view of the Green Book era as told through Ben’s Chili Bowl, a black-owned restaurant in Washington, and reminds us that the humiliations heaped upon African-Americans during that time period.
Sandra Butler-Truesdale, born in the capital in the 1930s, references an often-forgotten trauma — and one of the conceptual underpinnings of the Jim Crow era — when she recalls that Negroes who shopped in major stores were not allowed to try on clothing before they bought it. Store owners at the time offered a variety of racist rationales, including that Negroes were insufficiently clean. At bottom, the practice reflected the irrational belief that anything coming in contact with African-American skin — including clothing, silverware or bed linens — was contaminated by blackness, rendering it unfit for use by whites.
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