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<< wish more people would understand that
there is more than black and white and would learn to see people as
people and not just 2 colors! >>
esactly, but Sal's point illustrates the tener of racial tensions during that
time period. Looking at film footage of the Civil Rights Movement ten years
later, one can see even then that Hispanics and Asian Americans (especially
Asian-Americans, with conflicts in Korea and in Vietnam and the leftover
bitterness from WWII), as well as bi-racial or multi-racial people, were all
but invisible in that debate--at least as far as media representation goes.
I don't think Sal was attempting to say that that was all that the 50's were
about, but to capture, in a slightly satirical tone, one aspect of the
popular beliefs of the day.
I think that he was simply attempting to point out that the 50's were not
wonderful and innocent for every segment of American society. Nor was it
some mythical Age of Innocence.