(The Sheriff is telling Early how the previous Sheriff, his father, integrated local schools for squids) Sheriff: But Daddy still had to convince the Dougal County School Board to let y'all in , and back then that was a pretty tall order.
Board Chairman: Marine life ain't oughta be "co — mingltatin'" with our kind !
Previous Sheriff: Now hold on! These squids might look stupid and smell bad and we hate 'em , but they're not dumb beasts.
Sheriff: ( while giving a speech ) Was Daddy too progressive for his time ? Maybe, but he stood up to injustice; when someone in power tried to stop him , he would pretend to agree with them, then wait for them to die , and find a way to work around them.