From YouTube: Tell Arlington's Story: Mattie Walker "We Were Cocooned"
In this latest episode of Tell Arlington's Story, Mattie Walker talks about segregation and child rearing in Arlington VA in the 1930s.
The if I'd like to give you a picture of what Arlington was like about. You are dead ified by your families and they were families. We were had migrated here. My father was work, one of the younger ones as far as residence. It was concerned because people were there who in arlington, who had been here back to the time of Friedman's village, and it was a very stable community and it was a very cohesive community. It was very cohesive and the people were very close-knit and at that time people took care of each other's children.
Later on um someone wrote a book, I think it was our Secretary of State. It takes a village. Well, that's exactly the way it was and we were I used. The word cocooned. We were cocooned because Arlington was a very segregated trace and segregation is ugly I, don't care where it takes place. It was a very rigid, but this had the same. The thing that saved us was that there was nothing here to segregate.
Arlington was a backwater yeah. There was nothing here. There were no restaurants, they wouldn't lose and we lived right next door to Washington. We didn't even call it Washington, we said in town and we would ride our bicycles down and go to the museums and so forth and just do all kinds of things and then to if they're, a part of it was the style of child-rearing. Our parents took great care to keep us insulated from things they didn't talk about things with children were around and they steered you. I can remember.