Interview with Clay East
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QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

Did you take any pride in, in the idea that here, these poor people, tenant farmers, sharecroppers, black and white, all of them poor, had the courage to stand up and fight for what they thought was right?

CLAY EAST:

Naturally I admired them, and I told you, at least, that the blacks—

INTERVIEWER:

But I need for you to tell me that, you admired them "because", and then tell me why you admired them.

CLAY EAST:

Well, that's what I was fixing to tell you.

INTERVIEWER:

Oh, OK, I'm sorry.

CLAY EAST:

I admired them because they had enough insight to join that union and not to let the planters scare them off, and they knew at the time they was getting, going to get into trouble themselves. 'Cause, they was already having trouble, a lot of the planters beat them up...they stood a good chance of getting killed, and they stayed in there just the same. The black people, actually, was more dependable than the whites.