"Growing up in Live Oak, segregation was the way of life. Tobacco fields, watermelon fields, puck wood. That was the way of life. I didn't want to make a career in these fields. After high school, I volunteered for the military. Vietnam was going strong."
“Black people didn’t have any rights. Things happen to you, that wouldn’t happen to you if you had rights. A lot of black young ladies got taken advantage of.”
“Black people used to say a white man touched that lady. You’re working in their homes, tobacco fields, they’re your boss. You can’t file a complaint. The boss was right and you were wrong. If a baby comes out light-skinned, you had to live with it."
"The term Cracker or Straw bosses. It was slang that black people used when they disliked a white person. Niggah was a word that if a white man didnt' like you, he'd call you that."
"It's changing. Whites and blacks are beginning to get along a whole lot better. Children have a different attitude towards black and white. They don't use cracker or niggah."