Casiesville, a small town situated in the southeastern
region of North Carolina. Only partially integrated,
there seem to be no hurry on either side to further this
movement since Federal Regulation was the only motivation in
the first place. Before compliance there were two
schools; Casiesville High (white) and Central High (black).
A few years ago Casiesville High was renovated with central
air, new buses, dining facilities and a few classrooms
added. Central High on the other hand only got new books
since it was built only five years ago. At this point the
only segregation was the beauty shops and barber shops. The
town was situated in that there were farms to the north and
to the south, blacks lived on the east and whites on the
west. Ironically, the poorer whites lived just outside of
town on the west and like wise for the blacks on the east.
It seems as though the farther out you lived in the suburbs
the more affluent you would be.
There was two movie theaters, no! not one black and one
white. It just so happens that one was owned by a white man
and one by a black man. There was not separate
accommodations for the different races. There was just no
interest on eithers part to see what the other was showing.
However, occasionally there would be a few that would venture
in and sit in on one of the movies. One week John Jacobs
(white) had a movie at his theater called “A STAR IS BORN”
the very next week William Fletcher (black) had the same
movie at his. Besides the ones that wanted to see it a
second time, there were a few that came to see it that had
never seen it before (white). Not only did he have a full
house and had to turn some away but he decided to carry it
for another week. There was an “invisible hand” type
competition between Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Fletcher.
When Federal Laws on segregation went into effect, it
did not have as a great of an impact on this town as it did
in other towns and cities. There was resentment on both
sides concerning busing. since both schools went from first
through twelve, there were no Junior High or Elementary
Schools. There was heated debate about which school would
be the Senior High and which would be the First through
Eight. This issue was very important in that no one wanted
to send their young children across town to school each day.
Since the feeling was mutual for the most part, the decision
was made to leave both schools first through Twelve and to
bus anyone who wanted to go to a different school. The
school Officials was pleased to hear that both sides agreed
to keep both schools at full scale level which meant more
Federal Funds, keeping tow football, baseball, basketball
teams etc. Needless to say the Officials saw $$,$$$.$$
Surprisingly, there were a few on each side that chose to
go to opposite schools. There were only minor incidents,on
in which a white tenth grader fainted in the boys locker
room. After a thorough examination the only bruise was on his
head from the fall. For two weeks the only verbal response
from him was “why are they so big”. A few weeks later at the
same school a white student was seen running nude across the
football field during lunch although all students were
present and accounted for at the beginning of fourth period.
The only incident at casiesville High was the lost of records
of a black student. Both sides blamed the other. One saying
that the records were not sent and the other saying that they
were sent. After three months the records were found under
a mail bend at the Post Office.
All went well for about six months until Sally (white age 9)
saw Johnny (black age 9) at the community grocery store.
Sally: Mom, there is Johnny, hey nigger!
Mom: How do you know him?
Sally: Oh, he is in my class.
Mom: Come on Sally, we only have a few more things to pick
Sally: Mom, why didn’t he answer me?
Mom: Do you ever talk in calss?
Mom: Why all of a sudden do you want to talk to him?
Sally: I guess I was surprised to see him.
Mom: Come on sally let’s go to the check out counter.
Mom: Sally! Sally where are you going?
Sally hurried down a few isles to the meat sections where she
saw Johnny standing along side a real tall black man. She
hesitated for a second.
Sally: Hey nigger didn’t you here me calling you? you act
like you don’t know me.
Johnny’s father, Frank Johnson turned around, looked at Sally
and then at Johnny.
Frank: Son do you know this young lady?
Johnny: Yes, she is in my class.
Sally: Why didn’t you answer me when I called you?
Johnny: Sally, I didn’t hear anyone call my name.
Sally: I didn’t, I called you nigger.
Johnny: That’s not my name.
Frank: Young lady, Sally is ;it?
Frank: Who told you his name was nigger?
Sally: Nobody, when we are ridding along in the car and see
some of you people, my dad says “look at that
nigger”, even if he or Mon see one of you on our
television, they call them nigger.
Frank: You need to ask your parents why they call us that.
Johnny: Sally, would you want someone to call you a name
other than your own.
Sally: I’m Sorry, I didn’t know.
Mom: Sally, didn’t you hear me calling you?
Sally: Yes Mom, this is Johnny and his Dad.
Mom: Hi, young lady come on, its time to go home.
Johnny: See you at school tomorrow Sally.
Sally: Okay Johnny.
Frank: Son, you have some interesting friends.
Mom (Brenda gates) and Sally went out and put the groceries
in the car and started home.
Sally: Mom, why do you call them nigger?
Brenda: We have been calling them that for as long as I can
Sally: Johnny said nigger was not his name, and I know that
I would not want anyone calling me anything other than
Brenda: Let’s not discuss it anymore.
Several minutes of silence went by, ;then all of a sudden.
Brenda: Look at that nigger strut, you know, they all have
Wanting to ask a question, while remembering that Mom said
not to discuss it any more.
Brenda: What honey?
Sally: Nothing Mom.