Lisa Hire 
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Re: “One of Oakland's Most Historic Figures Was Also Horribly Racist

I could add many facts to support my belief that Jack London was not a racist, but his daughter Joan offers one story worth sharing. In her book, "Jack London and his Daughters", she recalled happily playing with a black girl named Annie in West Oakland. One day, white boys called her names for playing with a black girl and for being at Jennie Prentiss's home. She yelled that Jennie was not black as she ran into Jennie's kitchen. She recalled that she did not see Jennie as black, and different from her, until that moment. Jennie comforted her and gave her some cookies. She ended the story by telling that she went back to her friend "-Annie, who was also black, beloved Annie who was my friend." I grew up in Kern Co among a lot of racists, and I know that racists teach young children their hatred. Joan (1901 - 1971) graduated from Cal and worked as a researcher and director of publications for the CA State Federation of Labor. She coauthored "So Shall Ye Reap: The Story of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' Movement. She credited her father for encouraging her lifelong commitment to worker rights.

Posted by Lisa Hire on 09/21/2017 at 5:56 PM

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