It's important to realize the dates listed. It's through noticing these dates that we begin to realize that this country is not that far removed away from the root of those issues that African Americans still deal with. The 1970's was 48 years ago. Your dad could tell you about it if he was honest rather he was black or white. However; depending on which one he was there might be things he doesn't want to talk about or may not be proud of. It's that recent not that old.