Interview with Mayor Joseph Smitherman
QUESTION 38
INTERVIEWER:

DO YOU THINK IF YOU HADN'T HAD THE PRESSURE FROM THE WHITE CITIZENS' COUNCIL ON YOU, DO, WOULD YOU HAVE CAMPAIGNED FOR MORE BLACK REGISTRATION?

Mayor Joseph Smitherman:

I doubt it, uh, you know, it just was not. You just felt, and I guess this sounds silly today, but you just felt the blacks were satisfied with the type life style they had that uh, and I know that's very demeaning to say that, but you thought that you know, they were just satisfied with living in these shacks and uh, being and they were happy people and uh, hell they wasn't, you know, I mean you just grew up with that sort of thing, uh cause you grew up among a lot of poverty yourself. But uh,