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This part of the diary is about the authorís, as well as the publicís actions and reactions to the Hollywood TV show featuring the authorís interview. The author is on pins, expecting the worst. Fortunately the first phone call is from two friends who speak to him for more than an hour, to stop any abusive calls from coming through. Then his parents call to give their deepest approval, even though filled with dread. Both are examples of courageous whites, in such trying circumstances. And then thereís pin-drop silence.
The author is cordially interviewed by Time magazine in New York. He telephones his mother, who has received a threatening call from an anonymous white woman. Griffinís mother tells him that the woman has made a threat that if she wants her sonís welfare, she should not let him come to Mansfield. His mother is very frightened since she has never been confronted with this sort of brutality before. She therefore asks Griffinís wife to keep her company. So she calls his wife to keep her company. The author immediately asks for police surveillance for both the homes.
Todayís entry is a study in contrasts. On one side the author is very cordially invited and interviewed by Time magazine.
In sharp contrast is the threatening telephone call his mother receives from an unknown local white woman, who abuses and terrorizes her. She accuses the author of turning against the whites and throwing the door wide open for the niggers, after all the efforts to keep them out. Even though his mother tries to explain that he has done it for his own race, it is as useless as water on a duckís back. This sickening incident also reveals how even innocent family members are targeted by the white racists.
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