Edit (Rest of the comment remains the same but I wanted to clarify something): I never checked your profile before speaking, I didn’t know you had a degree in history or that you were from England. What I did know was that the picture (talked about below) existed, and that I thought I could contribute with a comment. Reading my comment I see how it can come across as snarky, and I’m sorry for that. Clearly you had considered my angle before writing, and I truly feel bad that I made you put together such a post. I hope you have a great day.

I wasn’t trying to be a jerk at all and if it came across that way I apologize. I was pointing this out because the way the article was written suggests that racism was American levels at the time and there were notable exceptions.

As I claimed I had to Google it, I’m admitting I don’t have a fleshed out knowledge of the time period, and I thank you for your points addressing some misconceptions I had around the era.

The entire reason I googled it in the first place was due to the photographs I had seen during WW2(might have been WW1) where people of colour had no issue dancing and being in nightclubs, completely surprising American soldiers who were stationed in Europe and used to segregation. Based on your article I became curious, and so did a little investigating, that alone of course shows that it was a much better situation in Europe at the time.

As far as slavery, of course that’s bad, my only point was that it was not impossible for a person of colour to have a dignified position at the time in that area.

I’m sorry to have bothered you.

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