Interview with James Bash
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

CAN WE STOP FOR A MOMENT? YOU WERE GOING TO TELL US A STORY.

James Bash:

Well, as an illustration of one of things that would come up from time to time. There was a gentleman who was an owner of a furniture store in Farmville, who came to me one time, well I won't say he came to me, I was walking down the street and I walked into his store and he walked up to me and he said, "Look, Bash," he said, "I want to tell you something, and I want to tell you in a hurry because I don't want to be seen standing here with you, I'm in favor of what you're doing but," he said, "I can't be associated with it because it would kill my business." He said, "I'm afraid, too, and everybody else is afraid so," he said, "I just wanted you to know that." He said, "If you're principal here next year, my child will listen to you and you can rest assured of that, but I just can't publicly be associated with what you're fighting for..." Of course there were a lot on the other side too you know, of, there was some, there was some hate mail and there was a lot of avoidance behavior on the street. Even in the grocery stores, the check out clerks would sometimes turn their backs to us when we'd go through the check out stands in an effort to disassociate themselves with us, which was kind of sad, because we didn't feel like we were a threat to anybody, that is, my wife and I.