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Some of My Best Friends Are Black by Tanner Colby
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Jul 15, 2012

it was amazing
Read from July 15 to August 15, 2012

This book answered many questions that I had about busing and suburbanization. I knew about the blockbusting but I only thought it was a regional practice and not widespread. He tells both sides with balance of distaste on each side and much commentary. The parts about the black table in the cafeteria is pitch perfect. He even addresses the ambivalence of black people to take part in mainstream due to (rightful) past fears. My biggest takeaway is that the only color that ever really mattered in America was and is green. Much of the housing segregation was created for the profit of a few at detriment to public budgets (busing kids everywhere), private business owners (providing two separate accommodations that were not always equal), white suburban homeowners (paying inflated home prices), urban blacks (take your pick of the wrongs there), communities, and churches. The even more ridiculous aspect is the attitudes grown people hold onto because of a "they aren't like me" mentality. Grow up, people.

Tanner Colby, I will be your black friend.

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