Growing up in the “Delta”: From the Viewpoint of Creola James

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In 1968 Creola Nanette Page was born to two young black parents living in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. Growing up in the first all racially black town of Mound Bayou, Mrs. James wasn’t really exposed to racial discrimination and poverty. Mound Bayou being an all-black town everyone was mostly equal. Although not exposed to it on a daily basis she was thoroughly warned of it. As she grew older, and her parents moved to Shaw, Mississippi. It was then that Mrs. James witnessed the full extent of what she was warned of. Shaw was a predominantly white area. The people that lived there were very mean and rude to the blacks that lived there. The schools, stores, and housing areas were segregated. The now elementary school was the black school, and the high school was the white school. She went to the local primary school until they integrated the schools and graduated from Shaw High School, where her mother taught. Witnessing all the bad things that happened in Shaw, she decided she did not want to stay there all her life. She then went to attend college at Mississippi Valley State University where she met her husband. Being a Military spouse, she has travelled to Europe with her husband and three children. Creola James now lives in Kiln, Mississippi where she is a pre-kindergarten teacher at West Hancock Elementary. In Shaw, Mrs. James witness racism every day. From ignorant comments and names such as the derogatory term “niggar” to white men ganging up on a single black man threating to kill him and his family. She would also hear stories about the racial decimation involving the areas and people around her. She remembers one day when she was about 14 years old. She was in Parchman visiting her grandparents with her mother. By this ti... ... middle of paper ... ... type of meat. She couldn’t recognize the type, but she didn’t find anything wrong with, so she decide to cook it. I wasn’t until she had finished cooking that she realized that the meat that she was about to feed her children was not chicken, fish or turkey, but wild rabbit meat. Her father would sometimes bring home wild meat because the meat in the store would either be too high or avoid the problems from some of the ignorant white men hanging around the store. From back in the 1960 and 70s, life has gotten better for the black people living in the Mississippi Delta. There may still be some areas that are too stubborn to change over the years, but they are slowly changing. Mrs. James is very proud of her hometown. She has come a long way, but she will never forget the past and what she has witnessed. Works Cited James, Creola. Personal interview. 11 Mar. 2014.
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