Interview with Tom Turnipseed
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

Would he play off the protesters? Would there be protesters?

TOM TURNIPSEED:

Oh yes. He was, uh, adroit at that--

TOM TURNIPSEED:

Yeah, he was very, he was very good, Governor Wallace was in, in, somebody would, protesters would be in the audience to have a little back and forth and, and be able to get the crowd going against the protesters so to speak. He did that very, very well. He also did it very well with the media, the press. Ah, I remember him, in, in a rally we were having in Alabama, and, down in the textile area. And this particularly rally was an outdoor rally. It was on a flatbed truck. We had country music and then Governor Wallace got up and made his standard talk. And one of the things he'd always say in Alabama when he talked to a group, he'd say, particularly working people, he says, "You know, they look down their nose at us and call us peapickers and peckerwoods and woolhats and lintheads and rednecks." He said, "They're being facetious. They're looking down their nose at us and putting us down because we might not have as much as they do." He says, "But if, if they want to call us rednecks, let 'em call us rednecks." He says, "If they mean that we were, have our necks red from a good honest day's toil in the summer sun, let 'em call us rednecks." He says, "There's two things about them, though." He said, "Number one, they won't get out and work in the summer sun. And number two, their hair's so long their necks wouldn't get red anyway!" And the crowd'd go crazy. You know, "Go, Governor!" And he would point out the reporters, from like the New York Times and pa-