Interview with Dr. William Anderson
QUESTION 31
JAMES A. DEVINNEY:

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHITE COMMUNITY LEADERS YOU SPOKE OF YOUR FEAR, I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK WAS THE FEAR OF THE WHITE COMMUNITY THAT THEY WERE SO RESISTANT TO YOU?

Dr. William G. Anderson:

I am—I'm certain that there were those white people in the community that were afraid for themselves and for the city as a whole, especially in the downtown area. At the height of the demonstrations practically no white people would be in town. Because I feel as though they did not want to be caught up in what could have turned out to be a violent confrontation between us as civil rights demonstrators and the police, or the National Guard for that matter, who were present.