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Alice Walker, "Staying Home in Mississippi"
The New York Times Magazine, August 26, 1973

[I]t is memory, more than anything else, that sours the sweetness of what has been accomplished in the South. What we cannot forget and will never forgive. My husband has said that for her sixth birthday he intends to give our 4-year-old daughter a completely safe (racially) Mississippi, and perhaps that is possible. For her. For us, safety is not enough anymore.

Copyright © 1973 by Alice Walker.  Selected from the Library of America anthology.  See  Reporting  Civil  Rights:  American Journalism 1963-1973.