Thank you so much Linda for sharing your experiences breaking the silent rules imposed by Whites, including White children. These were powerful demonstrations of how Whiteness, even without saying a word, ensures everyone stayed in their segregated places and spaces.
Funny thing about White people and White flight from cities. I’ve studied it for quite sometime. It’s very problematic for so many reasons, but that’s a story for another day. White people love their rules, and they will even make White people pay a price socially for violating them. But when we say it, we get pushback.
It’s the ultimate gaslighting.