Interview with John Hulett

Well, even though SNCC was a non-violent organization, during this time, many of you did start carrying guns and things. How did that work?


We, we carried guns for our own protection, those of who carried guns. One of us who was by ourselves, we would travel by ourselves, and those of us who carried guns, not to bother other peoples, but in case we were attacked by other peoples to protect ourselves. And that's what the purpose of that idea was, to carry a gun. White peoples carry guns in this county, and they were, the law didn't do anything to them about it, so we started tricking out our pickup trucks. Putting our guns in to carry too. And I think they felt that we was ready to, for war, and they decided not to bother us anymore.