“Learn About” Questions
- What were the Jim Crow laws of the segregated south?
- Why was the south segregated?
- What types of services and other things were segregated at this time?
“Learn From” Questions
- Have I ever been the recipient of derogatory words or behaviors because of something outside of my control?
- How do I handle times when I experience ridicule or unwanted attention?
- Have I ever come up with a creative way of dealing with a difficult life experience that seemed to work well? What was it?
So it was normal that my world that I intersected with, my doctor was black, the dentist was black, all of the professional services and the people that we intersected with were for the most part all black. My mother had an approach to Jim Crow that I thought was very creative. She had them to put on her credit card ‘Mrs. Lothaire Green.’ And she said the reason she did that, she didn’t want some clerk calling her ‘girly’ or ‘auntie’ or some derogatory title. She’d have to call her by her name on the card, which was Mrs. And in that Jim Crow segregated south calling somebody black ‘Mrs.’ was probably a faux pas. They didn’t think they had to do that. But her way of being addressed, something other than ‘girly’ or ‘auntie’ was that, when they looked at her credit card, they didn’t know whether the ‘Mrs.’ was her sir name or what it was, but it was here on the card and I thought, you know, that the more I thought about that as I got older that that was fairly creative in getting that done.