October 11, 2018

Flotsam & Jetsam

From the September 1964 edition of the Idler, forerunner of the Progressive Review

The Negro spent four months, looking for a house in Washington. He was prepared to pay good money for the proper building but his color devalued his cash. He was told by some that he would cause the property to deteriorate in worth. Others spoke of fear of dirty walls, fires, and loud parties. Not a particularly newsworthy item. A familiar story to many Negroes who attempt to move into well-to-do, attractive neighborhoods. Only difference was this: the Negro is His Excellency David Rubadiri, Ambassador of Malawai, the 35th independent African state, and the house he was seeking was to be used as his nation’s embassy in the United States.

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