Interview with Rev. Frederick Reese
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHITES WERE SO AFRAID OF, I MEAN WHY GO THROUGH ALL OF THIS ASKING PEOPLE HOW MANY BUBBLES IN A BAR OF SOAP, TO KEEP THEM FROM REGISTERING TO VOTE? WHAT WAS THE BIG DEAL?

Rev. Frederick Reese:

The big deal, particularly in the Black Belt of Alabama, you have uh, concentration of black people and counties, uh, in Alabama and the resistance to the right to vote is greater in those counties that have a majority black population than in other counties in the state of Alabama. And that is true throughout the South. And consequently, uh, uh, the white uh, power structure suddenly feared what might happen if blacks in large numbers got the right to vote. Uh, because of the type of treatment and discriminatory practices that had uh, existed prior uh, to the quest for the right to vote, they felt that uh, many of those persons in power would uh, suddenly be uh taken out of power by the vote.