Profiles in Courage - Toilet Pioneer

  • Season 2 , Ep 13
  • 04/14/2004
  • Views: 66,209

An unassuming man takes the first free dump in segregated American history. (5:40)

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- GOOD EVENING,I'M PHILIP HALSTON.

IN 1954, THE UNITED STATESWAS MARRED WITH UNREST.

WITH THE BUS BOYCOTTSIN MONTGOMERY

AND "BROWN VERSUSTHE BOARD OF EDUCATION"

STILL UNDER DELIBERATION,

THE SOCIAL CLIMATEWAS CHANGING RAPIDLY.

IT WAS IN THIS CONTEXTTHAT ONE MAN,

CYRUS HOLLOWAY,MADE HISTORY

WHEN HE TOOK ON THE RURAL TOWNOF HARTSFIELD, ALABAMA.

- I REMEMBER IT WAS A HOT DAY,

AND I WAS WORKING THE DOUBLESHIFT AT THE STEEL MILL.

BETWEEN SHIFTS,I WENT OUTSIDE

AND BOUGHT MYSELFA ROAST BEEF SANDWICH

FROM A BOY THAT USED TOSELL THEM OUT FRONT,

BUT LITTLE DID I KNOW THATTHAT ROAST BEEF SANDWICH

WOULD CHANGEMY LIFE FOREVER.

NOT LONG AFTER LUNCH, I FELTA BUBBLING IN MY STOMACH--

AN EVIL BUBBLING.

A BUBBLE THAT, TO ME,SIGNIFIED NOTHING ELSE

BUT THE EARLY STAGESOF MUD BUTT.

I HAD TO TAKE A DUMP.

I HAD TO TAKE A DUMPIMMEDIATELY.

- THE CLOSEST COLORED BATHROOMWAS LOCATED

IN THE BASEMENTOF THE STEEL MILL,

NEAR THE BOILER ROOM.

- OH, THAT TOILETWAS DISGUSTING.

WASN'T FIT FORCHRISTIAN BUTT CHEEKS.

MY ONLY OPTIONSAT THAT TIME WERE,

I COULD EITHERGO DOO-DOO IN MY TROUSERS,

WHICH I COULDN'T DO--

THAT WAS MY ONLY GOOD PAIRAT THE TIME--

OR I COULD USETHE WHITE RESTROOM.

IT WAS RISKY,BUT SO WAS MUD BUTT.

- MR. HOLLOWAY PROCEEDEDTO GO TO THE WHITE RESTROOM

AND TAKE WHAT WOULD BE KNOWN

AS ONE OF THE MOSTSIGNIFICANT DUMPS

IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

AFTER THE HISTORICDUMP BEGAN,

ONE OF HOLLOWAY'S CO-WORKERS,AUSTIN STRINGER,

ENTERED THE RESTROOM.

HE IMMEDIATELY CALLEDTHE LOCAL POLICE,

WHO WERE BEING FOLLOWEDBY A TELEVISION CREW.

- [farts]

- THERE HE IS, OFFICER!

- COME OUT OF THERE,HOLLOWAY.

- WITH ALL DUE RESPECT...

[farting]

I GOT THE MUD BUTT.

WHILE I WAS ON THE TOILET,THEY SICCED DOGS ON ME.

[dog barking]

SPRAYED ME WITH WATER.

GOOD LORD, IT'S MUD BUTT!

FINALLY, I JUST LET THEMHAUL ME OFF TO JAIL.

- BOOK HIM.

DESECRATION OF A WHITEFACILITY WITH NEGROID FECES.

HERE'S YOUR EVIDENCE.

- I CAN MAKE ABOUT THREE,FOUR MORE BAGS OF THAT

IF YOU WANT, SIR.

- CYRUS WAS CHARGED WITH USINGA WHITE REST FACILITY

AND FACEDNINE YEARS IN PRISON.

WORD SPREAD QUICKLYAROUND HARTSFIELD

AND THE NATION AT LARGE.

CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTSTHROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES

DESCENDED ON THIS TINYALABAMA TOWN

ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.

- MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS,

WE ARE GATHERED HERETODAY TO DISCUSS

MATTERS OF THE COCKA-DOOKIEAND THE STINKY-STINKY.

- YES!- YES, SIR!

- I HAVE A QUESTIONTO POSE TO THE GOVERNMENT.

[farting]

WHY CAN'T MY TURDFLOAT NEXT TO YOURS?

[cheering]

OUR VOICES WILL BE HEARD!

- IT WAS THE FIRST AND LARGESTDEMONSTRATION OF ITS KIND--

THE NATION'S FIRST SHIT-IN.

- NO, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS.DO NOT RUN!

TURN YOUR BUTT CHEEKSTOWARD THE AGGRESSORS,

AND LET THEM CLEANYOUR BUTT CHEEKS

WITH THE CASCADING WATER.

THIS IS A GOOD THING,MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

- THE SHIT-IN MADENATIONAL NEWS,

AND THE AMERICAN LEGAL SOCIETYPICKED UP THE CASE

AND TOOK IT ALL THE WAYTO THE SUPREME COURT.

[protesters chanting]

- IN THE CASE OF HOLLOWAY VERSUSTHE STATE OF ALABAMA,

THE SUPREME COURT RULESIN FAVOR OF MR. HOLLOWAY.

[cheers and applause]

[gavel pounds]

- IT IS MY OPINION THAT,

NO MATTERWHAT THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN,

YOUR FECES WILL BE BROWN.

EXCEPT FORTHE CLAY-COLORED ONES

AND, OF COURSE,THE SPINACH GREEN.

AND, NO MATTER WHATTHE HUE OF YOUR POO,

IT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY STINK.

GOOD DAY.

[applause]

- BY THE TIME THEY READTHAT VERDICT,

MUD BUTT...MUD BUTT WAS CALLING.

I SUPPOSE I WASHAPPY ABOUT WINNING.

I THINK WHAT I WASMOST HAPPY ABOUT

WAS THAT I COULD GET UPFROM THAT COURTROOM

AND USE THE TOILET.

HOW YOU DOING,MS. PIPPEN?

[farts]AHH!

I JUST REMEMBERGOING IN THAT BATHROOM

AND TAKING THE FIRST...

[farting]

FREE DUMP THAT I'D EVERTAKEN IN MY LIFE.

A BEAUTIFUL DUMP.

AS A MATTER OF FACT,THE CHOIR FROM MY CHURCH CAME.

- ♪ WELL, I'M GONNALAY DOWN MY BURDEN ♪

♪ DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE,DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE ♪

♪ DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE

♪ I'M GONNALAY DOWN MY BURDEN ♪

♪ DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE

♪ AIN'T GONNA STUDYWAR NO MORE ♪

- [farts]

- IT IS ALL JUST A MATTER

OF THE STINKY-STINKYAND THE COCKA-DOOKIE.

- I'M PHILIP HALSTON.GOOD NIGHT.

- ♪ WELL, I AIN'TGONNA STUDY WAR NO MORE ♪

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