I was telling him that actually I had a harder time living in Appalachia with the whites who were poor than I had living with, let’s say, with my black family. Well, what I was describing to him in a funny sort of way it was like I could not be judgmental towards the black families who were poor or not working in a way that was different than with the white families. I was much more judgmental towards the poor whites. “This place is filthy. There are cars all over place.” I would have never had that judgmental quality if I went into the ghetto.

Randy Thomas '73