Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America by Tanner Colby

Almost fifty years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, equality is the law of the land, but actual integration is still hard to find. Mammoth battles over forced busing, unfair housing practices, and affirmative action have hardly helped. The bleak fact is that black people and white people in the United States don’t spend much time together—at work, school, church, or anywhere. Tanner Colby, himself a child of a white-flight Southern suburb, set out to discover why.

Some of My Best Friends Are Black chronicles America’s troubling relationship with race through four interrelated stories: the transformation of a once-racist Birmingham school system; a Kansas City neighborhood’s fight against housing discrimination; the curious racial divide of the Madison Avenue ad world; and a Louisiana Catholic parish’s forty-year effort to build an integrated church. Writing with a reporter’s nose and a stylist’s flair, Colby uncovers the deep emotional fault lines set trembling by race and takes an unflinching look at an America still struggling to reach the mountaintop. [book link]

experience the spiritual dimension of consciousness, fully and powerfully and the ego-consciousness aspect will be realigned with this experience.

this means a weaving of the spiritual experience with the incarnation, embodied dimension. in so after, that being can relate to others from a place where the ego has become humble and wise, and no longer unconsciously seeks out the systems of endless desire, birth and death.

Isn’t it amazing how things change so fast; only as far back as fifty years ago, segregation and apartheid were the primary racial policies in most western nations across the world, examples being Australia, South Africa and the United States, and through these laws, peace was the primary product. Separate, but equal. However, with the rise of the left wing activists during the 1950’s and 1960’s, this balance of peace between the races was thrown to the gutter in the name of “equality”, and since those dreadful years, rape, murder, race mixing and violence, rose through the roof (just take a look at what happened to South Africa).

Today, it is clear that the damage is done and that this world won’t be able to stand on nationally based “integration” and so-called “equality”, and as such, far more radical steps need to be taken to ensure the peace that the west once had returns; “continental based segregation”. Each continent belongs to a single race, each independent of the violence, rape and race mixing that always occurs when nations are integrated and the races “equal”.

The Western World to the whites.

Asia to the Asians.

Africa to the Africans.

In the city of Cairo, Illinois, the public swimming pool (at 24th and Sycamore) was changed to a “private pool” to remain segregated. It finally closed in 1963 to avoid integration. Now the former “whites only” swimming pool is permanently filled with concrete and grown over with weeds. This was the city’s response to court-ordered integration.

Sincerity/Intergrity. To be free from pretense, deceit or hypocrisy. I try to always speak and act truthfully and try to surround myself with people who do the same.
—  Brian McCarthy
Me, APD, and 'Babysitting While White,' Part Deux

I know exactly where this occurred. I have a little family in Texas and have been in this location.


A few years back Grits posed the question, “Is babysitting while white reasonable suspicion for police questioning?” after my granddaughter and I were detained and questioned at length in my neighborhood on suspicion of some nefarious deed (it was never quite clear what). In that incident, the police were pretty clear I was stopped solely because Ty, like her mother (who came to live with my wife and me when she was a child) is black, while I’m an almost stereotypical looking white Texas redneck. At the time, Grits was amazed that three squad cars were dispatched to question me for walking down the street with a child of a different race, detaining me for no good reason and scaring the bejeezus out of then-two-year old Ty.

You form in an area, or planned city etc…you tend to encourage the formation of groups, like you get in Chelsea in London and other parts… but that should be encouraged (however) these places should have such a dimension that they don’t form ghettos, positive or negative… [People] should be able to have contact with their like, but they should have easy contact with other attitudes… so you get groups of people which can relate with one another, round common interest but also have the possibility of relating to other people of other attitudes… As often these thoughts which reflect back in planning are more complex than one imagines… which is not a reason for not working with it, you have to learn more and more about it. Now I’m sure that architects should have much more contact with social anthropologists, psychologists & people like that… instead of looking at what other architects are doing and looking into the journals which don’t work with this…
—  Ralph Erskine (1997) - In an interview with Jill Lever