Roland and Ronald Woodfolk

Jefferson Elementary, Venable Elementary, Burley High School, Lane High School

RONALD W: And you know, racism, it’s taught, you know. And kids at a higher grade level understood more than elementary, younger kids, you know.  I had, I went to one of the Lane reunions, and this young lady, I can’t remember her name now, but she came up to me and she said, she was really ignorant to the point where, people just want to -- I didn’t say “you people,” but she would say, “You just want the same thing we want.”  And I said “Yeah, it’s not different.”  And you said, “Well, we was only doing what we were told,” you know, from the parents and so forth.  And I had one guy I played football with, I won’t call his name, but I knew he was kind of racist.  But he came up to me and said, “Well, you just wanted everything, just what we wanted, an opportunity to play,” and so forth.  And I said “Yeah,” and I resigned to the fact, well that’s the closest to an apology I’m gonna get, so I accepted it as it was. But you know.  I also learned from another guy that, he was a white guy, he lived up the street from us, he just told me one day straight out, he said, “You guys just, were just tolerated.”  I said, okay.

ROLAND W: We knew that.

RONALD W: I knew that.  But then again, you know, I didn’t go to, when they had their Lane reunion, I don’t go back, cause I don’t feel --

ROLAND W: It’s not that we don’t feel welcome.  It’s just that we don’t have --

RONALD W: Don’t have anything in common.

ROLAND W: Other than the sports, I mean, we didn’t party, we didn’t -- I didn’t even go to the junior/senior prom at Lane.  I went to the one in Burley.

RONALD W: They had school dances on Friday night. We didn’t participate in any of that. You know, [Pete Carey?] and that group would play for them. I didn’t know that until, what the 50th anniversary of the integration of the football team, the state championship.