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"Whites Only" at the Laundromat

This story was conveyed to the project administrator verbally. We’ve paraphrased the story for inclusion in this project.

This story is from a white woman, born in Scotland in 1948. If you lived on a farm in Scotland in the 1950’s you had very little exposure to other races. Scotland is a small country, and in the 50’s practically everyone who lived there was Scottish -- white. Her family moved to the United States when she was in her teens. The first black people she encountered she described as “exotic and beautiful.” Her first experience with racism came when she went to a laundromat where she saw a sign posted that read “Whites Only.” She thought the sign referred to the laundry, not the patrons, and so she sneeked her colors into the laundromat until she discovered the true intent of the sign.