Rev. William Finlator:
Then came the Jesse Helms years [1973-2003]. And we’ve discovered that North Carolina is not so progressive, that if you scratch us enough you will find that we are racists. And this racism is not confined to what people call “redneck” people. The racism is in the country clubs, the chambers of commerce, and we find out that so many of our ideals—openness, fair play, justice and equality—dissipate at a time like this. And it’s been a very disillusioning experience for many of us, disappointing and sad. But we know it’s here and we must deal with it. But, on the other hand there are a great number of North Carolinians as the vote will show, who will not bow their knee to this kind of Baal and who stand for justice and rightness and the principles of equity. And they’re outnumbered, but they’re here and they’re here in large numbers. And you can count on them.

- Rev. William Finlator, civil rights advocate

Interview with Rev. William Finlator by Jay Jenkins, April 19, 1985, Interview C-0007, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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