Saturday, June 19, 2010

How Times Have Changed!

According to the San Antonio Remembers Blog in 1954 the San Antonio City Council voted to ban people of color from city swimming pools, making law of a de facto segregation that had existed for 90-plus years. This ruling was particularly cruel due to the fact that it took effect on "Juneteenth", the 89th anniversary of the end of slavery in Texas.

It's funny, I don't really remember segregation in San Antonio but I was born only four years after this ordinance passed.


  1. My father says he remembers when the San Antonio city buses were segregated and blacks were supposed to sit in the back. He also says no one -- riders or drivers -- really paid attention to that rule anyway.

  2. Interesting, I have never thought of San Antonio as a place that really paid that much attention to skin color. I have an Indian friend who used to live here, but now lives in Kansas City. She feels very uncomfortable and segregated in her neighborhood and really misses SA, where she always felt she fit in.

  3. This site is kind of interesting. It has tests that are supposed to tell you how racist you are. I tested nuetral, which I attributed to growing up in SA.