Interview with Dr. Robert Ellis
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

UM, NOW WHY WAS IT DO YOU THINK, YOU'RE SAYING THAT IT WAS A STATE LEVEL POLICY THAT WE'RE INVOLVED IN AND I, I'M ASKING YOU PERHAPS FOR A LITTLE SPECULATION, BUT YOU WERE A RESIDENT. WHY WAS IT THAT THE STATE WAS SO OPPOSED TO ALLOWING JAMES MEREDITH INTO OLD MISS AT THIS TIME? UM, PEOPLE WERE VERY EMOTIONAL ABOUT IT AND WE NEED TO HAVE A SENSE TWENTY YEARS LATER OF WHAT THAT WAS.

Dr. Robert Ellis:

Well, I grew up as a southerner, um, and the, the attitudes of, of at least the white uh, population in the South was, I think fairly uniform. Um, we believed in social and even political segregation of the races. Uh, those of us who were native southerners grew up in that kind of environment and we never really came to a confrontation with any…thing being wrong with that kind of, of uh, attitude. It was just that was the way life was lived in the South at that time.