Interview with Harry Briggs, Sr. and Eliza Briggs
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

WHY DO YOU THINK IT WAS THAT SO MANY WHITE PEOPLE HERE IN CLARENDON OPPOSED YOU AND GAVE YOU SUCH A HARD TIME? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THEY WERE AFRAID OF?

Harry Briggs, Sr.:

No, but I heard a joke. I was a little boy shining shoe. And this white man said, a foreign man, we call a Yankee, was traveling through and he said to this man, "Why are you so hard on the black people here?" He said, "Well, no, they are nice people, but don't give them a chance." So that's what we fight for there—a chance, opportunity.