Interview with Ernest Green
QUESTION 13
INTERVIEWER:

JUST TELL ME AGAIN THAT WHEN SHE TURNED AND TURNED—PUT THE CHILI ON HIS HEAD WHAT, WHAT HAPPENED?

Ernest Green:

Silence. I mean at the other thing was all the kitchen help in the uh, cafeteria was black. And they were working along the line. And some of them we had known, because they either went to churches or lived in the same neighborhood that many of us did. And they broke into applause [laughter]. The rest of the, the white students there was just absolute silence. Nobody knew what to do, I'm sure it's the first time a white kid had seen somebody black, uh, physically retaliate against somebody white, but Minnie took this chili and just dumped it on this dude's head and all he could do was just close his mouth as it dripped off his face.