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cruelty and crooked dealings and just push down the aristocracy,
who just can't compete with these tough nouveaux!
Did Faulkner ever talk to you about the conditions in
Oh, sure. We had many arguments about the colored
man in the South.
What did he feel?
Bill resented the northern people butting in. He was
a Mississippian. He once said, “I wonder what would happen
if we ever had another Civil War because I'm a Mississippian
first and an American second.” He felt that Northerners
were mostly hypocrites as far as the Negro problem was concerned.
He said that he thought that Southerners really
liked Negroes a lot better than Northerners did. And I'll
completely support that. But he wanted people to be patient.
He said, “You can't hurry a necessary social upheaval like
I had him talk to several colored people up here who
said, “We've been patient for one hundred years. How long
do you want us to be patient?" Bill assured them, “Well,
it's beginning to move faster. You just let things go along,
and in the next ten or twenty years, if you fellows let it
go at the'regular pace without trying to rush it, things are
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