Peoples Temple Collection; Box 28, Virtual Item 25, Q1057-Pt.4 Side B- Los Angeles Sermon (April 1973)
- Digitized: April, 1973
- Jones, Jim (Jones, James Warren) (Person)
Jones refers to his followers at one point as “niggers,” and tells them, that has nothing to do with skin color. They’re all niggers – black, white, Chicano – because the system disrespects them. He knows that some people don’t like the term – and especially having the term applied to them – but he does it because “some of you folk think you’re white.” He’ll quit using it when they’re all free, he promises, but he also adds – to applause and cheers – “you better not call us nigger outside.” There is little discussion about death in this address, although there is much conversation about caskets and funerals, especially in the context of how much money some people spend on the dead rather than on the living. As for him, he wants as much of his body as possible to be used for organ donation, and the rest turned into fertilizer for a garden. For people who don’t want to follow that example, he does request that they be buried in a simple pine box. Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.
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Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
Publisher: The Jonestown Institute