Negro Motorist’s Green Book [...]

While automobiles made it much easier for black Americans to be independently mobile, the difficulties they faced in traveling were such that, as Lester B. Granger of the National Urban League puts it, “so far as travel is concerned, Negroes are America’s last pioneers.”[13] Black travelers often had to carry buckets or portable toilets in the trunks of their cars because they were usually barred from bathrooms and rest areas in service stations and roadside stops. Travel essentials such as gasoline were difficult to purchase because of discrimination at gas stations.[14] To avoid such problems on long trips, African Americans often packed meals and carried containers of gasoline in their cars.[3] Writing of the road trips that he made as a boy in the 1950s, Courtland Milloy of the Washington Post recalled that his mother spent the evening before the trip frying chicken and boiling eggs so that his family would have something to eat along the way the next day.[15] Wikipedia

A half-century ago, classified ads lawfully stated “male help wanted” to indicate women were unwelcome. Black travelers needed the Negro Motorist’s Green Book to find lodging that did not legally exclude them. The 1960s feels like a world away, but discrimination hasn’t disappeared. Women are less likely than men to be shown targeted online ads for high-paying jobs, while Airbnb guests with Black-sounding names are 16 percent more likely to be refused lodging than guests with white-sounding names. Discrimination is still an evil we need to fight, particularly online. (Source)


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