Interview with Hodding Carter III
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

OK, HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE A MODERATE ON RACIAL MATTERS IN MISSISSIPPI IN THE LATE FIFTIES, EARLY SIXTIES?

Hodding Carter III:

In the late fifties a moderate was a person who said while we cannot really see an end to the pattern of racial segregation when it comes to such questions which are basically social as the schools, we think that qualified blacks ought to be allocated to vote, qualified blacks ought to be able to hold the jobs to which their entitled. No people should be mistreated physically. It was a careful attempt to say that you could have segregation with a human face. That it was possible to maintain that sort of all vital component which was there should be no blurring of lines in matters which could be considered essentially social, and yet to say that it was possible to somehow blur the line when it came to matters economic and political.