Interview with Bob Mants

Now bring that all into Lowndes County and what that means here. And you're relating to Black people here.


Well I think those of us who, there was no difference from my mother working as a domestic in the kitchen in Atlanta than folk in Lowndes County working in the cotton fields. The same kind of oppression, the same state of degradation was the same. And it has, i- it made it, made no difference. Ah, a lot of it had to do with again with, with idioms, how folk talked. Because a lot of people who are not familiar with our people talk, get- they, folk will say thing, people f- talking when they say, what we say in the rural South, say folk talk in parables. You think they're saying one thing, they're saying something entirely different. Ah, the, that was no problem in terms of, and even, and even in some instances there's a distinction if you pay very close attention between the folk, the way folk talk in Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama. But basically the, the lines of communication because the, there's a cultural, ah, ah, kind of bonding that made the communication a lot better. So when somebody, there's no, you don't have to sit and explain to somebody who comes from New England what, ah, ah, ah, Miss Bessie Lou say when, what she mean when she say, "I'm going to church tomorrow," for example.