Jefferson, Alabama

“Before the restructuring we only had four volunteer firefighters.  We receive federal tax dollars, and I’ll tell you-we weren’t putting out many fires. As of today, we’ve got about 25.  The fire department’s restructuring was the first time we’ve had black folks and white folks trained as firefighters. Last week the church had its annual potluck, and we decided to invite the fire department.  It was a big deal because it was one of the first times we had a potluck where we’d have black folks and white folks all together.  We’re buying food all together here in the store, so we didn’t know why we couldn’t sit and eat all together. Even though it is 2014, things still take a really long time.”

“We had a big restructuring of our fire department last year.  Before the changes we only had four volunteer firefighters. We receive federal tax dollars, and I’ll tell you-we weren’t putting out many fires. As of today, we’ve got about 25. The fire department’s restructuring was the first time we’ve had black folks and white folks trained as firefighters. Last week the church had its annual potluck, and we decided to invite the fire department. It was a big deal because it was one of the first times we had a potluck where we’d have black folks and white folks all together. We’re buying food all together here in the store, so we didn’t know why we couldn’t sit and eat all together. Even though it is 2014, things still take a really long time from all sides.”

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