Interview with Rosemary Porter

Having just left a neighborhood that had changed racially, how did you feel when you found out there were civil rights demonstrators a block away?


Well, having just left a neighborhood that, ah, had, had re- gone through, ah, racial change and, um, civil rights demonstrators were like, ah, marching down the, ah, street three houses from where I was moving in, I was, ah, I think I was really upset. I just thought, "Oh no, not again." Ah, for whatever that might mean, ah, it, ah, I, first thing I thought is "Oh, now I'm going to have to go through panic peddling and, ah, all these emotional things of, ah, ah, moving from a place that you loved and you grew up and your brothers and sisters and your Ma, you raised a family there." Um, I guess it does kind of bring that all to the front of your head. Even though my experience in that neighborhood after it changed was a positive one. Ah, Black people that moved in over there were perfectly nice people, good neighbors, we got along and everything else. Um, but the atmosphere that's created when racial change comes about is just, it's just loaded with emotions, emotions.