Interview with William Simmons
QUESTION 36
INTERVIEWER:

WHY DON'T YOU TELL ME ABOUT THAT STEREOTYPE BRIEFLY.

William Simmons:

The stereotype of the Southerner is, when you've been characterized yourself as a stereotype uh it's hard to, it's hard to know exactly what to say. How do you say I'm not a stereotype? Uh, it's like being asked when did you stop beating your wife. Uh, you, you never started. I've been asked the question many times, why do you hate blacks. I don't hate blacks. Why should I? It's, it's that type of, it's, I don't know exactly how to describe it, but it is a strong, it's a very difficult thing to deal with. Uh, I have seen southerners that I could recognize as stereotypes, uh perhaps it's in the eye of the beholder, but I think it's been overdone uh, tremendously. And it completely ignores the complexity and the variety that exists here as it does everywhere in this world.