An Integrated Life – Sundown Suburbs = NIMBY

In History by Caris Adel5 Comments

The church’s task in each country is to make of each country’s individual history a history of salvation. -Romero, The Violence of Love   Listen to This American Life – Not It, Acts One and Three – “stories where people are facing something difficult, and they declare, no, someone else can handle it. We’ll just send this one elsewhere. This …

An Integrated Life – Still Forming Sundown Towns Today

In History by Caris Adel3 Comments

Are there any residency restrictions in your town? Can there be downsides to this? What happens when police officers live outside the city and don’t know the community they work in? Where do the majority of the teachers and city employees in your town live? So not only were free black citizens denied land wealth, they were denied career wealth …

An Integrated Life – Restrictive Covenants and Governments

In History by Caris Adel15 Comments

Where have you seen examples of exclusionary behavior? Have you ever been excluded? Have you ever done the excluding? Who decides what is undesirable? Couldn’t racial exclusion be undesirable? What does it do to our collective humanity when we turn each other into dangers to be avoided? Were you protected from anything or anyone while you were growing up?   In …

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An Integrated Life – Social Exclusion

In History by Caris Adel7 Comments

How did all of this come to be? One answer is the seemingly boring world of governmental zoning. By limiting what could be built where, cities could ban: The segregation of America was explicit. The life most of us are living was desired by our ancestors. They wanted separate schools, churches, cities, and neighborhoods and we all reaped the results. …

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An Integrated Life – What Makes You Stay Silent?

In History by Caris Adel4 Comments

How can events hundreds or thousands of miles away affect us? Are there any you can think of? I live 2 blocks away from Planters Peanuts headquarters, and I have never thought about the nut-eating habits of the nation before. But what if everyone quit eating peanuts? What would happen to our city? Are there any national stories that might …