Saturday, December 15, 2007

Santa and the NAACP

Edith was watching an episode of Higgly Town Heroes where the problem is that they are in a cabin with no chimney on Christmas eve, so Santa has no way to get in. They solve this by having a bricklayer show up and build a chimney. Edith says, "that's stupid, they don't have to do that. Santa has keys to everyone's house."

That reminded me of a story that my con law professor, Charlie Black told us. He had been the only white lawyer working with Thurgood Marshall on the briefs for Brown v. Board of Education. He said they were working late one night and Thurgood looks around the room at all the faces of the black lawyers and came to him and said --"Charlie, what are you doing here?"

And he said, "well, Thurgood, even in the small town in rural east Texas I grew up in, we'd heard about the N-A-A-C-P. And we knew that they had a big office in New York City. And in that office, they had a big vault. And in that vault, they had the key to the bedroom of every white woman in the South."

"And I vowed that I had to become a part of that organization!"


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