Interview with Joseph Azbell
QUESTION 35
INTERVIEWER:

I'M TRYING TO GET A SENSE OF WHAT IT WAS THAT KEPT THE OTHER SIDE GOING TO. JESUS KEPT THE BLACKS GOING, WHAT KEPT THE WHITES?

Joseph Azbell:

If Jesus kept the blacks going, the thing that kept the whites going was segregation, was the old way, don't break the old way, don't break this fabric. Don't break down segregation. Don't, don't take this away. This old South, don't take back these things that we've always known, that we fought a war over these things and that our forefathers would have us do this, ** and you hear all about what the War Between the States was and you saw the Stars and Bars, and the guys that got up to speak they always talked about the one thing. But the thing that you must remember is that hatred is a thing that will seal people together and it will seal them together very strongly. Well, there was a greater hatred on the black side, and they hated their enslavement. They simple hated that enslavement that they thought they had when, when they didn't, couldn't vote, they could register to vote like they thought they should. When they couldn't go into the bathrooms, couldn't go into the restrooms, couldn't go into the hotels, but the bus thing was one of the things that they could get back at now and they were taking it step by step and Jesus was with them all the way.