I am a white woman who grew up in the racist town of Americus, Ga. in the 1940s and 50s. A liberal activist, I never forget the hatred I grew up around.
I Did Not Have Sex in High School
I did not get laid in high school.
To put it more clearly,
I did not get fucked in high school.
I am 75 years old when I write these words. Why didn’t I write them sixty years ago? Why didn’t I write these words…
THE FIRST HOME OF MY OWN
I was 22 years old, newly separated from my husband and almost crippled by despair. It was 1962 and I had no idea how to make my way in the world. I could hardly move, but I had to learn to take care of myself and my two year old son.