Thinking of the sad outcome of the trial in florida I wondered what my mother would have thought, I would not be surprised if she might have cried. When I was a kid the civil rights movement was in full swing and she sided immediately with the negro, (blacks or African American was not often used at that time).
We belonged to a hobby club of adults and kids, doesn't matter what hobby, it met once a month, there were 30 or so regulars and 100 or more total. All white, until one day a large black women joined, a Mrs. White. Everything seemed fine, people were polite, so far as I was aware as a kid. Once a year we had a display/show of this hobby and the best won ribbons and prizes, open to the public there was a steady stream of visitors through for 2 days. Well, the jolly negro lady won first prize, a pile of ribbons and trophies, by a mile, her stuff was fantastic.
During the summer, Sunday afternoons, members took turns hosting visits to show off their hobby project, and ice cream was served on the front porch or in the back yard. To my mothers distress she learned that Mrs. White had been told she was not welcome at some of the homes. Mom was really bent out of shape. Our turn came, and my mother called Mrs. White and begged her to come, and come early and stay. Sunday rolled around, and Mrs. White sat on our porch eating ice cream, the neighbors all came out and faked trimming hedges or watering flowers, the club members arrived with their mouths open seeing who was on the porch. My mother and Mrs. White became good friends which lasted until she (White) died a couple years later.
A few Sunday's later Mrs. White hosted the club. Mother, dad, and me sat on her porch eating ice cream in an all black neighborhood, I played in her house part of the time, first time in a black person's house, it was the same as ours, same stuff, but her kitchen smelled better than ours, she must have been a fantastic cook. Well we were there about 3 hours, we were the only club members to visit. My mother was pissed, and embarrassed for her own race.
Two things happened after that. Mrs. White quit the club, and my mother at the next meeting stood up and told the club what a bunch of scared mean people they were, then she (we) quit. The second thing that happened, my mother went to some civil rights rallies, I didn't go I don't know how many, and, a few Sundays later that summer she along with Mrs. White and some other Negro ladies enjoyed more ice cream on our porch, and sometimes on theirs, finally the neighbors got used to it and left their poor hedges alone.
Dad just went along, I don't think he had his heart in it, but so far as I know he didn't try to stop it. I think he knew mother was sensitive to racists destroying peoples dreams. Long after he died, and before my mother passed she and an elderly cousin told me mother had been married before. During the depression she married an American Indian. Mom said he was the best looking man that ever lived. The family hated him and caused the two of them every kind of trouble, refusing to help him find work even on their own farms, and this was the depression, it was tough. After a few months they decided to divorce. My Grandfather would not even give this man money for a train or bus ticket home near Tulsa, about 60 miles. The next to the last time she saw him he was walking out of Kansas in the dust. In the late 1950's she is watching a national game show on our first television when out walks her Indian ex. Introduced as a WWII hero with medals, he owned a big house on a lake north east of Tulsa, and he won a few rounds before leaving the show. My mother was a forgiving person. She loved her sisters and brother's-in-law until they all died before her, even though their racist actions destroyed her first marriage. But she never stopped trying to improve things.