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I didn't really realise ...

by Pat Ashworth

“I DIDN’T really realise it fully until now, but I haven’t felt the slightest bit of hope for this country in over 40 years. Too many deaths, too much stupidity. It only takes a very little hope to make one realise how little hope one has had before.

“I can remember blacks having to sit at the back of the bus. I can remember wondering why and feeling somehow ashamed, though I couldn’t have articulated it as shame. I can remember water fountains marked ‘white’ and ‘colored’ outside ...

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