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In "Freedom Riders," how do you account for the silence about race that John Seigenthaler remembers?

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In Seigenthaler's description of how the silence of race permeated America, I think that the desire for power and control combined with a fear of change accounts for the lack of voice on the issue of racial relations.  Seigenthaler says as much:

I grew up in the South. A child of good and decent parents. We had [black] women who worked in our household, sometimes surrogate mothers. They were invisible women to me. I can’t believe I couldn’t see them. I don’t know...

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