Nell Irvin Painter on White Neutrality

Blacks in the rural South usually took a less sanguine view. While they might allow that the “better class” of whites did not actively engage in bulldozing and terrorism, Blacks seldom regarded this upper class as a reliable shield of protection. Indeed, many Black people saw “good” white people as “accessories before and after the fact because they all sit quietly and see those men come in from other parishes, and do not attempt to drive them out, or to protect the colored people against them.” 4

  • 4- William Murrell, Senate Report 693, II: 530
  • P.19, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3



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