It's always mildly irritating to see week of conversation around race and national politics boiled down to "Is Rick Perry racist?"
Jan Gannaway, a Haskell native who is white, said integration took time.
"We weren't integrated nearly as rapidly as the North," she said. "But we've always had a different relationship with our blacks than the North has, too. It's often been said, and I think it's true, we love them individually and kind of distrust them as a group, whereas in the North, they don't want to get too close to them individually but they embrace them as a group."