§56 Dr. Haywood N. Hill
In this brief speech to a Sunday School class at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Dr. Haywood Hill offers up a confessional of sorts—what he prefers and why he prefers it. As a native of the south, he favors the racial status quo. But, as a Christian and as a scientist, Hill is compelled to reject his prejudices and preferences for his convictions and his conscience. The actions that follow from them include: treating every person as a child of God; paying a living wage to those who work for him and persuading others to do the same; providing equal opportunities in education; treating blacks with respect; allowing blacks to live in the same neighborhood if they so desire; ignoring politicians who want to stir up racial strife; and Hill must help blacks achieve their aspirations and so should the church. These are the actions that Hill (and presumably many other white southerners) are committed to based on the principles in which he believes.
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia
I am a Southerner. I was bred in the South where my forefathers were slaveholders and Confederate soldiers. I was born and raised in Southern towns with their rigid racial patterns and their typical Southern prejudice. I was away from the South for a few years, but I returned to live in the South by choice and intend to remain here for the rest of my life. I love the South and its people.
I like to have two black arms in my kitchen and two black legs pushing my lawn mower, to help take the drudgery out of living for myself and my family, and I like having them at a very minimum of cost to me.
I like choosing my own friends and associates, and I like eating in pleasant places with well bred people of my own race, class, and status.
I like to worship in a church which is composed of my friends and equals where I will be among my own group, racially, socially, and intellectually.
I like for my children to go to school with their own kind and with other children of their own racial, social, and intellectual level. I like for them to be shielded against poverty, ignorance, dirt, and disease.
I like to practice medicine among intelligent, cooperative people who understand what I am trying to do for them, who are friends as well as patients, and who pay their bills.
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Publication information: Book title: Rhetoric, Religion and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965. Contributors: Davis W. Houck - Editor, David E. Dixon - Editor. Publisher: Baylor University Press. Place of publication: Waco, TX. Publication year: 2006. Page number: 405.
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