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Jackson Ricau interview, Part 2
Topics include: Thoughts on integration of southern schools, Defending against communism, Races shouldn't be equal,Country should not be joining wars
A lot of the Priests felt the same way as he did, but they wouldn't say it in public. The people in his church did not treat him any differently than they did before. 2:15 Most people in south are segregationists but they don't know what to do about it. He calls it a fact of life. He is still close friends with people in the South Louisiana Citizens' Council. Move to integrate schools is only part of a "conspiracy" of people destroying the government. Race issue and communism tied together. He takes a stand on constitutional government and anti-communism. He supported George Wallace. 5:30 at time of interview he is fighting panama canal treaty, gun control, and regions created by Nixon's government. Thinks the pattern is converting the united states and everything into a one world government. Says this isn't Christianity. Claims we've suffered losses in wars and have been infiltrated by un American people. 7:30 Says his relationship with colored people is better than the relationship of the people of the north. Had his servants but he was never derogatory or violent with them. Claims they liked working for him and white people. Says some prominent colored people are opposed to mixing of races as well. 10:00 1903 an Englishman said a negro in America has obtained more happiness than any other minority race anywhere in the world. Says Abe Lincoln against the socializing ans the mixing of the races, says he stated it in Charleston in 1858. Also says they never quote Teddy Roosevelt who was a great leader. Mixing of races is unnatural. 11:45 Country is getting infiltrated by a conspiracy. Believes in separation of the races. Equality isn't a good word, Henry Grady "there has never in the history of the world been two races who live together with equality and peace." White men founded the country. 13:45 Talks about how white people are leaders and have more of a drive to lead. White people have highest IQ, then American Indians, then African Americans. Women are not equal to men either. Women shouldn't be policemen or soldiers. 16:00 Tape goes out for 30 seconds. Read American opinion, had his opinions before reading any conservative work. Read all publication of citizen council, follows news closely. Didn't know when organizing council in 1958 if there'd be enough material for a monthly bulletin, 20 years later there is an abundance of conservative material. Nobody has been able to refute what's in the papers. 19:30 Loyola wasn't political, just a small school. Racially a men's school, only a few women in the music school. This was in 1930's. No political issues back then. No forced integration, not much talk of communism. Considers this time the glory days. Teachers taught what they were supposed to teach. Today (1978) teachers do not teach what they are supposed to be taught. Had to take his son out of school. 22:00 New Deal was when some issues started. People didn't realize how bad FDR was at the time. Shouldn't of gotten into the second world war. Getting into these wars has destroyed the country. Robert wells " this country has never been the same since world war 1, and will never be again." Country should have stayed isolationist. 25:00 Citizens' Council is an outlet for beliefs. Way of expressing himself. Never doubted his beliefs are correct. Always felt it was wrong to force races to integrate, or accommodate the communists. Country doesn't have a moral base. Loyola priest in 1938 said this was going to happen. They don't teach the 10 commandments anymore. 28:00 Lots of motivation with his activities has been religious. Communists do not regard human life. He calls this a crusade and he's defending against an attack. He used to be a realtor as well, but had too much of a temper for the job. 30:00 Organized a church and a school near New Orleans under a guide from an archbishop. Traditional church, no divorce. Follows teaching of church up until Vatican 2. He says his excommunication is widely thought of as illegal.
Civil rightsCommunismCatholic churchCivil rights movementRace relations
New Orleans (La.)
Amistad Research Center
Rogers.Jackson Ricau 11.17.1978 Item 1-02
Box 8, Item 1, Side 2, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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