For years I’ve heard Vidor, Texas was considered one of those sundown towns for Blacks. However, being the sophisticated and well traveled reporter I am – I didn’t believe it. Unknowingly, Monday morning I made a food and grocery store stop in Vidor on the way from Louisiana. Immediately, I noticed in all the businesses I went to I was the only black person there. I didn’t know there were still towns like this. I went to a grocery store and I was the only black. I went to the Dairy Queen and I was the only black. I went to the Shell gas station and I was the only black. Believe me guys I did not see one Black, Hispanic or Asian person in the town even though the most recent census shows there are some minorities.
(The racial makeup of the city was 97.33% White, 0.07% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.49% of the population.)
However, I want to make it perfectly clear I was treated with respect and courtesy by all the people I encountered. But I just thought it was interesting that there are still American cities that are so dogged by racist histories that it doesn’t reflect society. This was just an Insite moment I thought I’d share!