Here, on this page, a photographer has gone to a museum for us. It's the Jim Crow Museum, a collection of racist artifacts.
It's pretty depressing, I warn you.
Beyond the photopgraphs of the exhibits themselves, the most depressing thing, for me, as usual, is the comments on his page. The very first one, for instance:
HighSierra 12-Jan-2008 02:21: "It is unfortunate that you have chosen not to balance your exhibit with some information about 'why' things got this way - about how freed southern slaves were rampaging the south, raping, murdering. Fortunately, for the educated white persons viewing your exhibit, we will continue to educate our children and grand children of the guilt you are attempting to assign to us. Perhaps an exhibit showing how your race is taking responsibility for your fatherless children is in order?"
Others deny that racism exists in America anymore (despite old Sierra's comment, which, as I note, LEADS OFF the comments section -- or, you know, if it exists, that it matters much.
Oh, you know, racism, what difference can it possibly make in our country?
That denial, it's a pretty thing.
4 hours ago