June 7, 2017:
My mother bought me a 45rpm record of the "ask not" speech. It was Camelot and she adored him. When he died I put my head down on my little first grade desk and tried hard to cry. It's what I believed she would have wanted.
She very carefully taught me to respect negroes, to support their rights at the ballot box, and to be terrified of them on the street.
In '68 she voted for the other one. I don't think it was an antiwar commitment — I don't think she thought about the war. I think it was nostalgia for Camelot.
Far as I know those were the only votes she ever cast.