North Carolina 6

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 40

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1959

PLACE OF BIRTH: Statesville, North Carolina

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: African-American

OCCUPATION: N/A

EDUCATION: N/A

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

At the time of the interview, subject was living in Winston-Salem, about 60 miles away from his place of birth.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Pat Toole

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/08/1999

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I think I can identify with the story of the search outside of me for, for an answer search for a rainbow, and I first started to search I think my connection: findin somethin to fix me was alcohol because it separated me from who I was, ’cause I didn’t like me, and once I got that separation and the feelin of bein separated from myself, I thought I had found a rainbow, but what I found was an illusion because self returned and I used alcohol, people, places, things — I used them as emotional band aids. So anyway, to cover up the real me, you know, and what I found out was you know I’m OK. You know I’m, I’m OK, and I thought I was, I thought I was a, a spirited being trying a, a human trying to be a spirited, but I found out I’m a spirited trying to be human, you know, and a rainbow is a my connection with God and other people, and that, that really is no really outside answer to cover up me that I runnin from ou know … It’s like Dorothy on the “Wizard of Oz.” She went through all that hell, lookin’ for an answer, and at the end of the show she clicked her heels and said, hey I got the answer, you know, so it was a beautiful revelation for me to find out that I don’t have to run from me and I don’t have to use these band aids, although I will get back into that cat from time to time, but you know the real comfort and solace comes from my friends, my family, my trust in God and, uh, not somethin’ artificial, you know. …

TRANSCRIBED BY: Aaron Champion

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