I shared a clip today of Aunt Mildred and Grandma remembering the time Grandma had a secret dinner date with this white boy, Russel at her black neighbor, Jennie's house. I asked Aunt Mildred how she remembered if she wasn't there. She didn't recall how she remembered. Memory and imagination go hand in hand.
Someone suggested I imagine the scene from different perspectives. How would Pearl's version differ from Russel's or Jennie's? Intriguing!
I shared the show reel to the family at Grandma's 99th birthday dinner. The biggest reaction came from when Aunt Mildred describes how their neighbor Jennie's husband was "as black as charcoal". Huge laughs. Does this confirm my family's racist views?