Made in Louisiana

Title

Made in Louisiana

Format

Video

Subject

Racism in New Orleans

Description

A voiceover from a New Orleans native on his childhood experiences growing up in the South.

Creator

Liza Montgomery

Source

My Nola, My Story via Youtube

Publisher

Mass Communication department at Xavier University of Louisiana

Date

5th May 2021

Contributor

Liza Montgomery

Rights

My Nola, My Story

Relation

My Nola, My Story 2021

Language

English

Type

Premiere Pro, video

Original Format

Transcription

“I was born when hurricanes and whatever, you understand what I’m sayin? Okay, because Papa was born October the 8th, 1940. So you went to school and I worked, I had a papertoute, I had a paperoute and I used to collect newspapers, old newspapers and sell them. I used to collect them and stack them. And when I got six, seven hundred pounds I would call an Italian man that used to come by and pick them up, and buy them from us. And at that time you woud get like, at first it was like, sixty to seventy cents for one hundred pounds, then it went up to almost a dollar. When I stopped dealing with that, I went into having a paperroute. Our neighborhood the next block was white folks kind of going that way. And you didn’t have any black [people] in there, the black [people] came down my block and continued the other way, follow me? So if the police seen us walking down the street and they wanna put us in it they just did what they want. They did what they want boo, as simple as ABC. So, Papa, when I had a chance to go to California, I jumped in the back of the trunk. I’m gone simple as ABC, I mean could you imagine? I was going to a school, Valina St. Jones School and then one time I think I must’ve been in the sixth or seventh grade- no I was about six or seven years old. They were feeding us horsemeat. They were feeding the black kids, in public schools, horse meat until someone called on them and they stopped. The police would see me and some friends walking down the street and the police would say ‘come here n***a’ and just like that. Racists.”

Duration

3:08 (3 minutes, 8 seconds)

Producer

Liza Montgomery

Director

Liza Montgomery

Files

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Date Added
February 24, 2021
Item Type
Moving Image
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Citation
Liza Montgomery , “Made in Louisiana,” MY NOLA, MY STORY , accessed June 30, 2022, https://xulamasscomm.omeka.net/items/show/145.