Along with the congratulatory telegrams that Archie Moore received after the fight, there were a few nasty ones. A Nashville attorney wired: YOU ARE A SLOB, YOU COULD NOT FIGHT YOUR WAY OUT OF A PAPER BAG. TRY A FREEDOM RIDE...He signed off, gratuitously: NO MEMBER OF NAACP. Another telegram called Archie "boy," a southern euphemism for "nigger." The wires riled Archie more than Rinaldi did. "When do I cease being a boy?" he asked. "What do I need to do to gain respect? I try to be a good man. This is a fight you cannot give up. There is no compromise for freedom. This is something everyone wants. I sympathize with all minorities. I'm one myself. The Negro had to have a hand in the making of America. Now it is his duty to try to see the light. Is that wrong? I want my children to be able to sit down in a restaurant, eat and then get up. I want them to be able to play in the park. I want them to ride on the roller coaster as it goes up and down. I want them to be able to go up and down on it."