Two stories that made me smile today, while I await a great sports Sunday highlighted by another Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal clash, and an NBA Game 7 featuring Memphis and Oklahoma City…
The stains of racism in this country never fully go away. Which is why I love it when I read a story like this, about one individual who was treated terribly by racists a half-century ago, getting the last laugh.
Fifty-five years ago, Burlyce Sherrell Logan began attending the University of North Texas. But because she was an African-American, she was discriminated against. The college president even said he “didn’t want you here, but the state says you can be here.” Logan said she had rocks thrown at her, she was pushed in front of a moving car, and of course, had a cross burned in her lawn.
After two years of this, Logan had had enough. She quit school and got on with her life.
That was 1958. Six years ago, Logan returned to North Texas, and now earned her Bachelor’s degree.
“I know it’s the same place I used to be, because I recognize the buildings, but it’s really like a different place,” she told The New York Times. “Nobody shoves anybody, nobody stares at you, and even when I was in a wheelchair, nobody seemed to mind. It’s the way the world should always be.”
Such a great story. Good triumphs over evil almost always in this world, you just have to know where to look.
**I love this story so much. A high school sophomore from New Jersey named Amy Myers has challenged reality-challenged U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann to a debate on civics and the U.S. Constitution.
Myers wrote Bachmann leter, which can be read here, basically telling her that Bachmann’s constant distortion and lies are bad for women, and that “the frequent inability you have shown to accurately and factually present even the most basic information about the United States” is a real problem.
There’s no way in a million years Bachmann will accept. We’ll be saluting President Trump before Bachmann would even debate a Democrat, much less a kid who’s smarter than she is.
Still, I applaud you, Amy Myers. Great job. Bachmann truly is a danger to America. And so few people call her out on stuff.