Friday, October 24, 2008

hey -- blacks don't do that!

growing up in an allwhite town can truly skew your outlook on race.

for example, take ferguson jenkins, who used to pitch for the chicago cubs.

when i was a teenger in the late 1960s, i read an article about him in a magazine about sports. nothing was out of the ordinary until --

i saw a picture of him wearing a hockey uniform.

i was taken aback -- almost shocked. blacks don't play hockey, i thought. they play football and basketball and baseball -- but not hockey.

i found out later that jenkins was born and raised in ontario, canada.

when i was a gradeschool boy, i thought that blacks lived only in segregated sections of cities. one of them lived outside those sections because he was a millionaire.

he was sammy davis, jr.

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