Thank you for these memories, Randy Shingler. I also lived in the deep south in my youth, though a bit later on than you did, and as a transplant from Ohio. I was shocked by casually overt racism expressed so often with that WORD.

One interaction with some boys behind the church one day had a profound impact on me. I wonder if we’ll ever reach a day when systemic racism doesn’t influence how we Americans think.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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