Oregon State University
Oregon African American Railroad Porters Oral History Collection


Si Greene Oral History Interview, Part 3. August 13, 1983

Si Greene Oral History Interview, Part 3

Interview conducted by Michael Grice.

August 13, 1983

Location:  Location Unknown.

In this recording Si Greene gives his opinion on the changes in the “job concept” of the railroad, with higher pay and more white persons accepting menial jobs. He discusses his feelings that the youth of the day do not have the same work ethic, and feels they are unwilling to learn. Greene also reflects on the cultural habit of black Americans to go by descriptive nicknames such as “Big Chappy” and “Old Good’n” rather than their names. He also describes his philosophies on dealing with money and conflicts, based on things his mentors taught him. Greene mentions there was a high percentage of both non-commission and commissioned officers coming out of the armed services among Red Caps.