The white folks ain’t got no reason to mistreat the colored people. They need us all the time. They don’t want no food unless a nigger cooks it. They want niggers to do all their washing and ironing. They want niggers to do their sweeping and cleaning and everything around their houses. The niggers handle everything they wears and hands them everything they eat and drink. Ain’t nobody can get closer to a white person than a colored person. If we’d a wanted to kill ‘em, they’d a all done been dead. They ain’t no reason for white people mistreating colored people.
- Ellen Brass (interviewed by Samuel S. Taylor), Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States.