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It was this kind of a childhood. After a certain point,
you took it for granted. You know, you just did it. But you knew
at certain times that this was a critical thing, because every now and
then, there would happen a crisis. You'd have a lynching, somewhere,
either in your town or a nearby town. That would be a cause of
great aggravation and concern on the part of everyone. So you were
always aware of it -- always.
Then, as you got older, you began to read, and you began
to be aware of the total situation, the much broader scope of this
I was never really harmed by it, I don't think. You can't
tell. But you did have to learn the protocol of it.
Now, how much of this did you learn from instruction from your parent
and how much did you learn, or be conditioned by your school mates,
other children, just being conditioned by being outside?
I would say I learned most of it from my parents, because we
had to be prepared before we were sent out, you know, on our own.
I'd say most of it from my parents. Nothing was a surprise, about
some of the outside behavior, in the environment of my family.
I was never surprised.
I knew for instance, when we went to football games, which
were out of town, you know, that we would have to take our own lunch,
or that we would have to find our own bath room facilities. You
know, I knew that all the time. And everybody knew that. So that
you just protected yourself. That's what you did.
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