Black History Month: At Berry College in Rome, Georgia, this week, I interviewed Professor Brian Carroll who is the author of the just released When to Stop the Cheering (The Black Press, the Black Community and the Integration of Professional Baseball). The book tracks the Negro Baseball League from 1879 to the 1960s, when it dissolved. Professor Carroll said that blacks, for the most part, lived in a “mirrored society.” Their formal institutions, their newspapers, their baseball… all mirrored their white counterparts. This stemmed from the 1896 Supreme Court “Separate but Equal” Decision. This segregated our nation along racial lines, again. “And that separation was cemented by physical demarcation,” said Professor Carroll. That is, city planning of housing and roads allowed for separation between poor black sections and more affluent white sections. Professor Carroll pointed to the poor, black southside of Chicago as a prime example of this. And this demarcation continues through today in many metropolitan areas… On a research trip to look at inner city poverty, we went into a gang war zone on the still primarily black southside of Chicago. There at a homeless shelter, I interviewed a woman who had been living in her car through part of the winter — with her three sons. The week before we arrived, two teens were gunned down on a street corner because the criteria to get into one particular gang here is: to kill someone… Later during Campaign 2000, I told the Pittsburgh (KS) Morning Sun that blacks and whites in many metropolitan areas are still, not only segregated, but the blacks continue to be “slaves” to inner city poverty loops. Note: Professor Carroll is quite a wordsmith. And his book should be a fascinating read.