Interview with Orval Faubus
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

GOVERNOR, COULD I ASK YOU THIS. WHY THEN, DID YOU GET IN AMERICA YOU KNOW THE THE, THE FEELING THAT YOU WERE THE, THE SYMBOL OF… OF ALL THE THINGS THAT WERE WRONG WITH SEGREGATION IN AMERICA. WHY?

Orval Faubus:

well, that developed as the situation went on and uh, perhaps this will give you some explanation. But, but to continue on back to a theme, My staff meetings were integrated and uh, this was, uh, you know somewhat unprecedented in Arkansas at that time. And then we were in the process of equalizing salaries of blacks and whites in state government, which hadn't been done and in the public schools throughout the state. And I was known as the most understanding man in the history of the state in relation to programs that benefited the poor people.