Interview with Hodding Carter III
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

OK, WHAT OF THE IDEA OF BLACK PEOPLE GETTING THE RIGHT TO VOTE MEAN TO MOST MISSISSIPPIANS, AND WAS IT RESPONSE OF FEAR OR RESENTMENT OR…

Hodding Carter III:

Well, the idea of black people getting the vote meant, to most whites, was what—that they would see created a society in which blacks could do to them what they had been doing to blacks and so they were afraid of it. They resisted that as bitterly, even as school integration, because they saw the vote meaning power and in the counties, particularly in my part of the state, the Delta, in which blacks were in the majority as they are now, they saw it as real power and the possible reversal of an entire society.