Interview with John Doar
QUESTION 38
INTERVIEWER:

DO YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF WHO WAS AT FAULT THAT IT GOT OUT OF CONTROL, OR WAS THERE ANYBODY?

John Doar:

Well, f…ault or, I mean, you know, uh, that's a big question. I mean, would, would the Justice department of the United States government ever did it, done it that way again? Answer no, they wouldn't of. Uh, did the state of Mississippi have any justification for the way it behaved? Absolutely not, absolutely not there was total lawlessness. Uh, the, the people that came up there to get into the, the riot, to get into the trouble, did they have any right to come up from halfway across Mississippi or halfway across Alabama to get into that thing? No. Uh, but I suppose that with, uh, power and, uh, authority you, you have to take the responsibility for doing it right, and I'm sure that the, everybody in the Justice department believes that if you're going to be confronting something like this again you had to do it with a lot more force than two of three hundred marshals, and you couldn't depend on the state police force of Mississippi, you just could not depend upon ‘em. That would not work. And so when we went in with Vivian Malone into the University of Alabama we went in it quite a different way, there was lots more military power.