Outsiders had trouble understanding the way Cary's schools worked, Mills recalls. When government inspectors came in from Washington to make sure Mills's school was meeting desegregation standards, he gave them an education. According to Mills, a black physics teacher was teaching an all-white class because black students did not want to learn, white students were separated to abide by the law, and black students clustered in a bricklaying course because "they seemed to go for the trade." He seems to be describing resegregation and defending it against scrutiny.