What Nat King Cole Endured in Racist America
It’s almost hard to imagine but almost 65 years ago when Nat Cole moved into a Hancock Park, California home with his family, America was legally and attitudinally racist. Cole was attacked with vandalism and his dog was poisoned. Even 10 years later, he wasn’t allowed to stay in the Las Vegas hotels that he was headlining. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, but we have come a long way.
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