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Jackson Ricau interview, Part 3
Topics Include: What he does on his free time, How communism is taking over the US and people need to fight back, Being involved with the catholic church, Whether new orleans has gotten better or worse with race
0:30 Could lose Panama canal to USSR, predicted by Lenin that we will lose this country. Communism is encircling us, president of Canada is a communist. Much more being done now to stop this though. People are concerned, for example fighting income tax. Country under very serious attack. 2:00 His council is the only one speaking out against it. Most people he is involved with now do not want to be named. Many people in this fight are now dead. Another phase of this fight. First involved after the brown decision, this triggered his political interest. All they're doing now is newsletter, and occasional board meetings. Keep contacts with other groups. Establishment of traditional church is important. 5:30 Catholic church is number 1 opponent of communism. So establishing church in New Orleans is very important to stop the communist in the area. Cannot be for both Christ and for communism. If you don't have something to fight for life is dull. Football and parties is not all to life, fighting for something keeps you young. Priests of traditional churches would give their life to the cause. 9:00 Cannott understand why Catholic church today, novice auto is against traditional mass. Not all people can be saved, because some of the beliefs are off. 11:00 doesn't see too much of a change in Race relations in new Orleans in the last twenty years besides a little bit more mixing. Races work and eat together, but don't really mix socially. Whites go with whites, and colored go with colored. One guy told his mass at church to sit anywhere they want with whoever they want, and even though he said that the whites sat with the white and the colored sat with the colored. Races are also in schools together as well. No socializing at parties, barbecues. Sports are integrated. 14:00 Opposition introduces integration to weaken our county while they do something else. People are preoccupied with this while bigger things are going on. He hasn't seen much interracial marriage.16:00 Perhaps New Orleans is an even more segregated city then it was 20 years ago. So much pressure on the race issue has made each race sensitive about its relationship with another. There wasn't consciousness between the races. Black bands and singers used to perform at parties with white people. 17:30 Future of Race relations in New Orleans will improve over time if communism does not take over. Need to eliminate pressure about the race question. Communism is close already, Cuba for example 19:15 He hasn't really ever been threatened from his position in the council and on the race issue. Every now and then he gets a letter objecting to what he says. Lost some friends 20 years ago, but gained many more friends who work with him to preserve the country. Feels better than most because he is actually fighting for something. 23:30 Does a lot of work for the church but doesn't belong in any other groups. Engages in hobbies like bicycling, hiking, jogging, and canoeing. Best way to survive is to keep yourself in good physical shape. 25:00 tape ends, but interview keeps going?
CommunismRace relationsCatholic church
New Orleans (La.)
Amistad Research Center
Rogers.Jackson Ricau 11.17.78 Item 2-02
Box 8, Item 2, Side 2, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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