Thursday, July 21, 2016


WHEN CHILDREN WERE LEFT TO BE CHILDREN 

The original poster of this picture of the original Little Rascals said the following:

"when i was a kid, this was my idea of a gang to hang with. Girls, guys, black, white, skinny, fat, cool, dorky - no matter who you were - you fit in. Wouldn't it be cool if we could all play together again?"

The same applies to me, except there were no black people in my town until I was a senior in high school.  I lived in a highly segregated town.  One side was mostly Jewish, another side was mostly Italian Catholics, and a small part of the middle was a mixture of religions and ethnic backgrounds.  We were one of two families with Hispanic heritage. 

It is a con job when people say the segregation was a southern thing.  It was all too real in NY on Long Island.

Part of the Little Rascals may have been a dream of a time to come.  But when you think about it,  Hal Roach began the series in 1922, and it ran with different characters until 1944. 

It is hard to send this message in a society which is still very segregated.  

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