Interview with William Bradford Huie


William Bradford Huie:

They were told that they had inherited a way of life. They were told that for a young black man to put his hand sexually on a white woman, was something that could not be allowed. Uh, they were told that with the beginning of the Supreme Court decision, this was a war, and that we had to defend, now after all, remember George Wallace was yelling around here about segregation forever and the Southern way of life and all that sort of thing. Mississippi they were just as bad, Ross Barnett. So, they thought that they had to make an example of a young man like Emmett Till. Now this doesn't make any sense to me. It didn't then. It didn't make any sense to John Whitten. But this is the way these men felt. They felt that they were, see these men lived in a sea of black people. They ran little stores and lived in the back of the stores. All of their customers were black. They lived in a sea of black it's, it's, you'd have to go to South Africa today to find anything like it. They feel now, now, they have blacks, oh, Bryant played checkers with young blacks, he fixed checker boards and other things for them to amuse themselves. He had a little playground out around his store, of course they would come in and spend their money and buy cokes. And that sort of thing and that's how they, playing out front had lead to the dare of the Chicago boy to go in and ask that little white woman for a date. Something like that. This, this is, it was young blacks playing out in front of the store. As they, as they were supposed to do. People like this, men like this, were perhaps feel, felt much more defensive. Like, like they were threatened much more by something they don't really understand because they are not afraid of individual blacks. Um, but they think that uh… that they have to act at this particular time. In any case they felt that way at 4:00 in the morning and about dawn on the morning that they committed this murder.