Although it has been a year since he was freed, John receives regular harassment, especially from former Confederate soldiers.
'Course I 'member back in th'day when the infantry'd shoot at 'em for target pract'ce!
Look at the bulletin over there, mister. An ex-confederate soldier pinned it to the board just this morning.
Excuse me sir, but what's all this talk of 'black codes' I've been hearing?
SECTION 1. Be it ordained by the police jury of the parish of St. Landry, that no negro shall be allowed to pass within the limits of said parish without a special permit in writing from his employer. Whoever shall violate this provision shall pay a fine of two dollars and fifty cents,
SECTION 4. Be it further ordained, that every negro is required to be in the regular service of some white person, or former owner, who shall be held responsible for the conduct of said negro. But said employer or former owner may permit said negro to hire his own
We still have no respect in Virginia, Mary. We're treated like we're subhuman.
We're now federally recognized as citizens! Our rights cannot be abridged. Let's go on a drive to cheer you up.
Did you get the flour, John? Dear, what's wrong?
That should all change now! The 14th Amendment was just passed.
As John's head finally clears of the events from the day, his family's wagon is ambushed by an angry white Virginian who begins shouting slurs and throwing rocks at the family.
Get back to the plantation!
My family isn't even safe in our own town!
Later that night, John and his wife learn that they are not the only ones being attacked. He realizes that although they are federally protected by the 14th Amendment, it is not being enforced.
Nor mine! A white woman who came to visit my boss's wife shrieked at the sight of my son!