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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Stetson Kennedy, May 11, 1990. Interview A-0354. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Segregation in United States was worse than South African apartheid

Here, Kennedy claims that segregation in the American South was far more rigid than apartheid in South Africa.

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Oral History Interview with Stetson Kennedy, May 11, 1990. Interview A-0354. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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STETSON KENNEDY:
Well, it has to be said I think, that compared to South Africa today, for example, or at least a few years back, that the American South was far more rigid and segregation appeared to be more invincible, for more that it is in South Africa today, so that you had not only the KKK but in effect every institution, white institution, in Southern society, proceeding on an assumption and insistance that segregation was ordained by God and was eternal. Therefore, it was not open to discussion. That was the sort of the air we were breathing and the mothers milk we were getting.