Interview with Hodding Carter III
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

EVEN THOUGH SOME OF THAT WHITE POPULATION SUFFERED AS A RESULT OF THE RESTRICTIONS?

Hodding Carter III:

Well, you couldn't prove to most white southerners at that time, or to white Mississippians particularly, that they were suffering because of segregation, It was a system which made the least of us superior to the best of nonwhite. And so why would a white in Mississippi in 1950 want that to change from pure self interest any more than a white South African wants to see change today? The fact that it was immoral, unconstitutional, undemocratic and directly contrary to what you thought you learned in church, notwithstanding that was not something that had a great popular following, the idea of change.