Interview with Casey Hayden
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

MMHMM. UH, DO YOU REMEMBER ANYTHING SPECIFIC THAT MIGHT ILLUSTRATE HOW A, HOW A WHITE PERSON IN MISSISSIPPI MIGHT RESPOND TO PARTICULARLY A WHITE ORGANIZER? UM, REMEMBER THERE WAS TREMENDOUS HATRED AGAINST, ON THE PART OF MOST WHITE MISSISSIPPIANS TOWARDS CIVIL RIGHTS PEOPLE FOR COMING INTO THEIR STATE AND THEY SAW IT AS AN INVASION. DO YOU REMEMBER ANY, DO YOU HAVE ANY, ANY INTERACTION WITH ANY UM, LOCAL WHITE UM, MISSISSIPPIANS THAT YOU REMEMBER THAT THEY WERE, THEY MAYBE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND OUR JUST WERE AGHAST AT YOU AS ANOTHER WHITE PERSON WERE INVOVLVED?

Casey Hayden:

Well I didn't do much street organizing I was in the offices, you know I was in the central office directing stuff by then. But uh, I got picked up once by the cops in Jackson who couldn't, it was like they couldn't figure out what it, they couldn't figure me out. I mean I didn't look like a radical, you know, I looked real proper and I was like, obviously was a nice girl it was like, what, you know, does your daddy know you're here? What was, I didn't run into any direct, uh, not in Mississippi, I had previous experiences in southwest Georgia and other places with direct violence from whites but not in Mississippi.