Carrie Abramson:
When I got to college I was proud of the fact that I had gone to a high school where there were a lot of African Americans. I was proud of the fact that I had been in that environment. Because I'd met so many people who'd not been. I mean, who'd come from the eastern part of North Carolina and had not gone to school with people who were black, at all. And that, you know, to them it was completely alien, the concept of racial difference, was completely alien. Because they just didn't know anybody of a different race. They didn't understand that there was a difference. And there was a lot of racism. I mean, like overt - mainly language. But around racism when, not in high school, but when I got to college. And so having come from an environment that was integrated really helped me. It didn't help me necessarily deal with it as well when someone else would say something that was a racial slur, but it made me feel confident in that I disagreed with them and I knew why. And I had support for that, that "No, I didn't believe that all people of a different color were dumb." Because I knew people of a different color who were really, really smart, and were probably smarter than I had been, you know, and had accomplished things I wasn't able to accomplish. And that was important, at least for my own inner sense of knowing that I was right, essentially.

- Carrie Abramson, West Charlotte High School

Interview with Carrie Abramson by Pamela Grundy, February 21, 1999, Interview K-0275, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Full text of interview.