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- Apr 6, 2004
- Cat D3, Deere 110 TLB, Kubota BX23 and L3800 and RTV900 with restored 1948 Deere M, 1949 Farmall Cub, 1953 Ford Jubliee and 1957 Ford 740 Row Crop, Craftsman Mower, Deere 350C Dozer 50 assorted vehicles from 1905 to 2006
I have no idea of what life is/was elsewhere but only two white families in the neighborhood growing up in Oakland.Thing is, with most of us being white in color, do they ever teach this in school on what black people had to endure?
Reality is even in the early to mid 1900's, being black was a pain in the arse.
Never gave it a second thought... the black families were just like any other and we shared keys for emergencies... carpooled to school games, etc.
Immediate neighbors were letter carriers, teachers, CPA, Teamster, Warehouse Manager and UPS driver.
Neighbor across the street and very close to mom started as a telephone operator and worked all the way up to regional manager at AT&T and I enjoyed family day there and at the Toyota plant where another neighbor was in operations...
Mayor, Council, Representatives African American... the police officer that came to our school in the 60's also African American... I really enjoyed the open question and answer sessions and the class visit to Police Headquarters and Court system where I put on judges robes and presided over a mock trail with real prosecutor and public defender making motions for me to rule on...
The judges sponsoring both went on to become State Supreme Court Judges.
Dad grew up in Oakland and his public school in the 30's and 40's was fully integrated...
I'm guessing my experience is a typical for the period?