What I’m Reading: Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters – 27 in a series – “…violence would continue to dictate access to recreation.”

“There seems to be a tacit understanding among the participants that behavior here somehow ‘does not count elsewhere’ and will not be ‘held against’ one even if he is observed by his acquaintances.”128 This permission to be “boisterous” and “impulsive” without the normal constraints of conventional society created an atmosphere of fun and vigilantism. Protecting white spaces of leisure was a form of leisure in itself for some young white men. This pattern ensured that violence would continue to dictate access to recreation.”

From Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America by Victoria W. Wolcott

Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America by Victoria W. Wolcott

 

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