Video of the Week: Central Illinois Works to Change Associations With Racist Sundown TownsRoundup
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Central Illinois has a long and uncomfortable association with exclusionary "Sundown Towns", where certain groups rejected other groups, leading to racially separate - practically segregated - cities & villages.
But a noted local author tells 25 News he believes those days are increasingly behind us. "And of course, that sounds fine. Why shouldn't people stick together? But it immediately becomes a matter of oppressing other people.
Keeping them out, keeping them away from the "together" that we're in," said James Loewen in a satellite interview from Washington D.C.
His book "Sundown Towns" was published in 2005, chronicling 'a hidden dimension of American racism'.