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28 June 2008 @ 06:29 pm
Numb3rs Series/Universe: Mississippi 1964  
This is another drabble series concocted to go along with a single month's worth of prompts at numb3rs100, this time June 2008.

So why does the fic say 1964?

I thought about just making a 'David gets jumped in an alley' fic in present day, but I really wanted a fresher spin on it - a more interesting angle. The theme for the month was violence and the character was villains, so bad guys and a beat down were already on the menu.

What I did want to feature though was a racial angle. Diane Farr is supposedly writing a book on mixed race relationships (something I am very interested in, especially mixed race children) so the topic has been in my head. I thought I should try an AU - make David not a federal agent and then it hit me. I remembered the stories of the civil rights workers who were killed in the South in 1964 and the murder of Medgar Evers which gave me my time and place. I figured I could make David a fairly middle class type guy who happens to work with the NAACP, which would make him a good target: someone the klansmen might consider a serious threat to their way of life and someone they would think needed to be taught a lesson. /shudder/

That was such a volatile time in American history and people tend to conveniently forget that it wasn't quite so long ago. Gay marriage just became legal in California, but I have a friend - younger than I - whose parents had to go to Mexico to get married because they couldn't find anyone who would marry a black man and a Hispanic woman. I saw racism first hand when I dated men of color and since many of my friends aren't white and many are in mixed race relationships (some with kids) it felt right to make sure this topic doesn't die too far down. Everyone's so busy trying to make out that race doesn't matter in the presidential election (which IMHO it doesn't) that it's important not to forget that there are people to whom it matters so much that violence and discrimination are the outcome.

So reminding people of how bad it was, that these people still exist and that the fight is far from over? Not a bad goal for a little five part drabble series...

Series Information - Mississippi 1964

Mississippi 1964 - Main (Published)
A Man in a Uniform - Sequel (Published)
Outnumbered - Sequel (Published)
From Victim to Victor - Sequel (Published)
Truth and Justice - Sequel (Published)
fredbassettfredbassett on June 29th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
I agree with you wholeheartedly that it's a topic that still needs to be aired, and it's one I feel strongly about too. I'm a bit older than you, I think, but in many ways bugger all has changed since the days when I was at college in 1978 and my best friend went missing. She was found three days later, hidden in her house, murdered by her step-father because she'd been going out with a white lad. She was black, so was her step-father. It didn't matter to her and she told him so, probably quite forcibly, knowing her, but he retaliated even more forcefully. I have very strong feeling about intolerence of any sort based on the colour of a person's skin. I lost a good friend to it, and I still see the same attitudes, day in, day out. We might have moved on in some ways, but not far enough, and in some ways, intolerence seems to be getting worse.

Karen: coffee & laptopbyrons_brain on June 29th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
::huggles:: that's horrible.... (your friend sounds like an amazing woman) I also agree we pretend that things have change and moved on but a lot of people are still heavily racist they just don't tell you about it nd I'm still constantly surprised at how many time I hear the phrase "I'm not racist but..."
fredbassettfredbassett on June 29th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
It was. *huggles back* We were both 17 at the time, and I still have the stuffed Eyore toy (spelling? The donkey from Winnie the Pooh) that she made me for Xmas a few months before she was murdered. If I ever hear that sort of racist shit, my fuse just blows instantly. She had the guts to stand up to her evil pillock of a step-father, so I sure as hell don't hold back on the subject. I don't even bite my tongue on social occasions. But fortunately, none of my friends are racist bastards.
Karenbyrons_brain on June 29th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
::snuggles tight:: I'm glad to hear that you have such good friends...

I hope her step-dad got caught and thrown into prison...
fredbassettfredbassett on June 30th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
He got life, which means that as the murder was in 1977, he would probably have been free by 1990 at the latest, so he's had 18 years free since then. Longer than my friend had the chance to be alive. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a rant about the penal system, but it does throw the comparison into sharp relief, and makes me wish that attitudes would move on, and move on fast, because this sort of thing is still happening every day, somewhere. And if fics like this help even one person to think differently on this subject, then that's a great result to my mind, so well done to Emma for being brave enough to tackle it.
Karen: primeval abby (water)byrons_brain on June 30th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Ouch, that must be so hard to deal with... there just is no justice for those that take anothers life...

I agree, subject such as this should be kept out in the open and never forgotten.
Karen: numb3rs boysbyrons_brain on June 29th, 2008 10:18 am (UTC)
I love this series, you've done a wonderful job on a difficult subject.
(Anonymous) on June 29th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
I'm thoroughly enjoying this series as well. I find it much scarier than the Seven Sins series. Racism is so very frightening.