[Ads-l] _salt-and-pepper team_ "a couple made up of a black person and a white person"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 2 05:08:46 UTC 2019

The Art Pepper Companion: Writings on a Jazz Original - Page 82
Todd Selbert - 1960 - ‎Snippet view
[Art Pepper] made his first record twenty-five years ago, with Hampton
Hawes, the funky bebop pianist who, like Pepper, contradicted most
generalizations about West Coast jazz; they were reunited for Pepper's
resurgence on Living Legend. Here was a _salt-and-pepper team_ with so much
blues in common that even racial pedigrees could be discounted. ["that even
racial pedigrees could be discounted"?! That anyone could make this claim
in 1960, when lynching was still commonplace, is astonishing. The term can
also be used as a racial slur, as I know from personal experience.]

California. Court of Appeal (2nd Appellate District). Records and Briefs
California (State).
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Monday, June 11, 1990
DECLARATION OF NANCY A. RIDLEY [edited for length: WG]
On the afternoon of January 22, 1987, I was peacefully and lawfully walking
on the campus of UCLA with Mr. Byron Benedict Waters, who is black. I am
white. Mr. Waters had his arm around my shoulders.
On the morning of January 23, 1987, Ms. Barbara Corona-Sutton came to the
mailroom, informed Mr. Waters and me that she had seen us walking together
the previous afternoon, with Mr. Waters's arm around my shoulders. Ms.
Corona-Sutton ordered Mr. Waters never again to hold hands with me, to walk
with one arm around me, or otherwise to have any physical contact, at any
time, anywhere, on the campus of UCLA, with me.
About ten minutes later, I went to Ms. Corona-Sutton's office and the
following exchange took place:
I. (Knocking on the door frame) "May I speak to you for a moment?""
She. "Come in, Nancy."
I. "I can't believe what you just said. You've never told Denise anything
like that about Jeff and they do a lot more than hold hands, every day, out
by the vending machines. They neck all the time."
She. "They're not a _salt-and-pepper team_."
I. "'SALT-AND-PEPPER'?! You sound prejudiced."
She. "I don't think that I'm prejudiced. I expected that you would not
agree, but I'm thinking of what's best for you. I was in the van with
[name] and saw a _salt-and-pepper team_ and realized that it was you.
You're young. You don't know how inappropriate that looks: a white woman
with a NEGRO!"
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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