LET'S START AGAIN. LET'S START AGAIN, OK. WHY WAS… WHAT WAS DIFFERENT ABOUT MISSISSIPPI IN TERMS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND THE MOVEMENT HERE IN MISSISSIPPI?
Well, the difference I, I in Mississippi and, and, and the rest of the, er, south if you will; or the perceived difference however you would is that um the, the um, it was a police state for all practical purposes. It was truly a closed society, uh the law enforcement agencies, the government for all practical purposes was simply not accountable to anyone other that themselves you know and uh, for example in my hometown, OK um, I, I, uh, tried, I applied for registration uh, 6 times before I was ever able to be accepted, and I was only able to be accepted after we had taken uh our, our registrar to court and in fact all, all of my applications were used you know by the justice department in trying to have the registrar establish why you know I hadn't been registered in the beginning if you will. And the reason for all this of course was in the state of Mississippi the registrar was all powerful really. Uh, and the way the, the laws the uh election laws were, um, anybody could be registered or not registered at the whim of, of the registrar. The requirements uh, to become a registered voter was you know just unbelievable. Um, but the requirements to become a, a registrar was uh, just simply to be elected. You know.