Interview with John Doar
QUESTION 13
INTERVIEWER:

YOU SAID THAT, THAT THOUGH, THAT THERE WERE CASES IN WHICH IT DIDN'T WORK, YOU WERE DESCRIBING WHAT HAPPENED WITH HERBERT LEE, THAT, THAT CASE…

John Doar:

Well, the, the the…, to have somebody see somebody get killed, of course it didn't work, but it…, the problem was, is that we were dealing with a caste system, and we were trying to change the caste system through the processes of the law, and not through a revolution, and not through a military force. And, what we had to do was to build enough confidence in the, in the… country, and enough education in the country so that the, uh the law would, would bring about this change. And you couldn't, it couldn't happen overnight, it couldn't happen instantaneously, and when it didn't happen instantaneously, uh, there were great risks that some innocent, unfortunate black person would get killed, or get hurt, or a building'd get burned, and it was a terrible concern to all of us all the time. It's, but what w—made us work harder, not so much at the prosecution of that, of the person who was alleged to have perpetrated that crime, but to change the system so it wouldn't happen again.