Interview with John Doar
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

DID YOU FEEL THAT YOU EVER PUT THEM IN DANGER BY VISITING THEM?

John Doar:

No, I don't think so, I never felt that way, I never felt that way. Uh, uh… I would s-, I would say that the Civil Rights di—lawyers had uh, considerable respect from, from the white community. I mean we didn't, uh, we, we believed we were law enforcement officers, we, we, we, uh, kept our own counsel, we met our responsibilities, and we strove to win the respect of the, of the white citizens in the South. And, now I've got to be honest with you, when I went, left Mr. Medgar Evers's house, I didn't wear a Justice department tag on my, on my shirt, and I didn't ask any white people for directions, that's why we had the maps. We went where we had to go in rural Mississippi without asking anybody for directions. And it wasn't, it wasn't that hard if you had a, if you understood anything about rural areas, and I do because that's where I grew up, in a rural area. So, but as far as putting people in danger, I don't think we ever, uh… thought that that was a problem.