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Not That Long Ago, Not That Far Away [Aug. 13th, 2009|11:01 am]
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Gallant (adj.) -- Courteously attentive especially to women; chivalrous.

From The Complete Bachelor, written by Walter Germain and published in 1896:

"In a crowded car, ferryboat, or stage, it is yet a mooted question as to
whether or not a man should give up his seat to a woman. In theory he
should, but there are circumstances under which he may be pardoned. To a
refined or delicate lady, to an old or an enfeebled woman, or one
burdened with bundles or with a baby in the arms, the answer to this
should be a decided affirmative. In the South, this gallant action is
universally practiced, except when the woman is a negress. In public
conveyances a man should sit to the right of a woman."

I don't care how long ago this was written, it makes my blood boil. It makes me want to go back in time and whack this guy upside the head with a clue-by-four.


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[User Picture]From: brashley46
2009-08-13 04:37 pm (UTC)
" ... except when the woman is a negress."

Crapdoodles.

Of course that is neither the only objectionable attitude embodied there nor the most objectionable, but hey.
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2009-08-13 08:00 pm (UTC)
I hope he got gout.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-08-13 10:34 pm (UTC)
He's describing what was, not saying that's what it should be. In the South that was, no white man gave up his seat to a woman of color. It was wrong, like everything else that pertained to race, but I think you're beating on the wrong dog. The ones he observed and described accurately are the real villains.

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[User Picture]From: luna_corrona
2009-08-19 01:05 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess THIS negress is walking! And whoever the "real" villains were, this makes me pretty upset too.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-08-19 04:11 pm (UTC)
Can I walk with you?
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