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      Today, LNP decides to tell us what “important” people in Lancaster County are going to read this summer! Let me be very clear: I don’t give a rat’s butt what Mayor Gray is going to read (but it should clearly involve telling the truth and ethics) but I do want to read, “This Is the Rat Speaking!” And why has this book by a local author on a very local and important topic not been mentioned by LNP?
     I have ordered it and am anxiously awaiting my copy! It has been theorized and stated that the rise of the “Black Power” movement is when the Steinmans, the owners of LNP said, “Not in our town!” and made sure that pervasive racism existed in all aspects of everyone’s lives in Lancaster County until this very day.  I wonder if that’s why they haven’t mentioned it? 1969 is also the year my father, who was a professor at F&M, and others founded and began publishing the Lancaster Independent Press.
      From the opening chapter (click here for the book on Amazon):


  1. huh? says:

    Thank you. It also probably has a lot to do with the fact that even today minority writers are not hired or if offered a job that job will be so low on the totem pole that a minority writer will not be interested in taking it.

  2. huh? says:

    Speaking of this book, I have a very faded memory of Angela Davis’s brother being held as a prisoner in the Lancaster jail and her coming to visit him or at least speaking out about it? I’ve tried to find record of this but have not been able to. Do you remember anything like that?

    As for the LNP “Not in our town” I’m afraid I don’t understand that reference.

    • Becky says:

      They wanted absolutely no part of the “Black Power” movement! They wanted to keep Lancaster’s Hamilton Clubbers in charge! I think this is when they stopped questioning anything the police, DA’s office or anyone else who was white and powerful did. They just turned their backs and said you do whatever is necessary to keep the nice, white and wealthy folks in complete charge in this city and county!