Norrece Jones on the relationship between white and black children
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Q: White children and black children played together on the plantation -- what was that relationship like?
A: One of the myths about the relationships among masters and slaves is that there were these wonderful friendships as children. Well, the reality is that at the very, very youngest age, a relationship is established that a white child knows that he or she has this enormous power over a black, whether that black is someone the same age, younger, or even an adult. Norrece T. Jones, Jr.
Associate Professor of History and African American Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University
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