Harry M. Hyatt reports on the news in 1972:
HCWR, Vol II, page 2179
This morning (November 6, 1972) on the 7 o'clock CBS televised news, I saw and
listened to a brief report showing some black people in Beaufort (Biu'fert)
County, S.Car., reviving their African tribal dance. More interesting to me was
the sheriff, 26 years in office, who related some of his experiences with hoodoo.
[This would have been James Edwin McTeer, 1903-1979, Born in Hardeeville, South
Carolina, Ed McTeer was appointed sheriff of Beaufort County, South Carolina on
February 11, 1926 when his father died, leaving an unexpired term in office. He
was sheriff for 37 years.]
Mentioned were one of the Doctor Buzzards (see pp.891-905) and the after-my-time
Doctors Bug and Eagle. The surprising thing said by the sheriff went like this:
years ago few white people believed in this sort of thing, but now more than 60%
of them are believers! More whites than blacks believe in hoodoo!
The Beaufort newspaper reporter then introduced a young white man with a spell.
Finally a psychiatrist in Charleston was asked, "Is there anything true in hoodoo?"
The doctor gave the only possible reply under the circumstances, "If you believe it,
it is true for you."
Amazing was the statement made by the national anchor man, vho opened the interview
by informing us that witchcraft had died out everywhere in the United States except
the Southern States. Where has he been all these years! Even if he has never heard
of FACI and HOODOO, a visit to the nearest paper-back stand or the reading of daily
newspapers would enlighten him.
Here is a convenient place to summarize references to what informants say about
the numbers of people, black and white, who believe in hoodoo and witchcraft:
see title quotation, p.l860, from p.l870;
pp.I-II, INTRO., vol. 1;
white believers, not numbers, p.l909, line 36-43;
p.894, line 34;
p.897, line 24;
and probably other places.