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RIDDLE QUESTION

WHAT'S BLACK OUTSIDE AND WHITE INSIDE?
DEARBORN

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM CLASSMATE AT ST. ALPHONOUS
HIGH SCHOOL IN DEARBORN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; EXCLUSION OF BLACKS FROM DEARBORN, MICHIGAN HOUSING ; RACE SEGREGATION ; SATIRE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Date learned: 09-27-1967

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There were three men on a boat, two white and one black.
While fishing in the ocean a storm came up and almost tipped the
boat over. One of the white men spoke to the other, "We need to
pray." The other white man said, "I don't know how to pray, but
we can get John, the black man, to pray for us." John began to
pray to the Lord, "Oh Lord, you know when I was in Mississippi
waiting for my sister to come in on the bus I wanted some water
and the sign said, Only whites. I went to the train station and
wanted some water and the sign said, Only whites. So if this boat
tips over and someone has to die, let it be Only whites."

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): Racial segregation

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 02-07-1992

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NEGROES USED TO BELIEVE THE FOLLOWING RHYME:
IF YOU ARE BLACK, STEP BACK.
IF YOU ARE BROWN, STICK AROUND.
IF YOU ARE WHITE, YOU ARE ALL RIGHT.
BUT NOW THEY BELIEVE, "I'M BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL."

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Black ; NEGRO ; RACISM ; RHYME ; Segregation

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Color

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