Industrialization has not helped the working class in North Carolina
Industrialization in North Carolina has yet to bring its residents more rights, Finlator thinks, and it is unlikely to do so in the future.
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Oral History Interview with William W. Finlator, April 19, 1985. Interview C-0007. 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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- JAY JENKINS:
Do you think the so-called "industrialization" of the
state will exert influences for good or ill on this question in the
future? Bringing in new people and management cadres, from other parts
of the country?
- WILLIAM W. FINLATOR:
Well, I think that perhaps we have not always tried to recruit the best
kinds of industries to North Carolina. I'm not sure how to
respond to that. There are so many people who say,
"All we need are more Baptist churches to make us a better
society." Well, the Baptist churches have been in the South for
all these years and did not change the South in its attitudes towards
labor, poor people, towards black people, towards disenfranchised
people. It has never preached the gospel of social concerns. And to
multiply all those Baptist churches over and over again would not make
any difference if they're all the same way.
And if you bring in industries that are not enlightened, that are
repressive and insensitive of the people who work for them, who are
inimical to unionism, and so on, I can't see
that's a great blessing to us.