Interview with Hodding Carter III
QUESTION 26
INTERVIEWER:

LET'S GO ON TO SOMETHING ELSE. I WANT TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE…

Hodding Carter III:

Hadn't thought about this. This is crazy, I haven't done this in a long time. We, one night my wife was home alone and a man came, oh, starting over again. It was a really bad period right after Ole Miss and we all carried guns in that period. I carried one from about ‘59 until ‘64 actually. But one night I was away somewhere and my wife was at home alone and I'd told her, for Gods' sake, never answer the door. But nevertheless the door knocked and we lived out in the country, and she opened it and a guy standing there with a gun in his hand and she said, and he said, "Miss Carter, I'm deputy sheriff so-and-so, the sheriff wanted me to bring you out this gun for your protection in case somebody showed up." That was the only time we had a political ally in the sheriff's office in that whole period. In '60—no it was years later—'68, one time I sent a reporter over to Indianola during the freedom summer of ‘64 to cover one of the church burnings of which there were a million. And the reporter, a really tough and able guy, who later was a CBS bureau chief in Saigon, was walking down the street with another reporter, and a bunch of white thugs came up to them and said "You one of them civil rights workers?" He said "Oh no," he said, "I'm a reporter for the Democrat Times" and then they beat hell out of him. [laughter] And he came back and he says, "Can I fight back?" And I said, "Yep, in this paper it's the only way you'll stay alive." Yeah.