NOW WHAT MADE IT WORTHWHILE DO YOU THINK TO THESE WHITE PARENTS, WORTHWHILE TO DENY THEIR CHILDREN A PUBLIC EDUCATION, IN ORDER TO NOT HAVE IT BE PUBLIC INTEGRATED EDUCATION?
Well, the nature of Prince Edward County was that uh, there was about a forty-five percent black population, fifty-five percent uh white population and it was closer to fifty-fifty uh when, uh, so far as the uh, young people were concerned, child, children of school age. And there was a great deal of fear with respect to doing something differently than they had done it for generations and generations and I think that fear was the uh greatest thing that uh bothered them, fear of the unknown and fear of what uh might happen. I would have to offer an opinion at this point I think that, and that is that um people in Prince Edward, now this is strictly a judgment of mine, um people in Prince Edward, uh, white people in Prince Edward County um, did these things because it was their opinion that this is the way things were supposed to be. They had been raised into the kinds of situation that they were in. And they were not too concerned about others, meaning black persons. But uh, so far as education is concerned, but they simply did not want things to change, and so while they seemingly did these things illegally, uh, I'd say that's not a very good word, um, it seemed to be illegal, um, they did it out of a conviction within their hearts. This is not to say that all was well, but it simply is to say that they did these things because they thought it was the right thing to do for their children.