Interview with Orval Faubus
QUESTION 46
INTERVIEWER:

YOU'RE UH, YOU'RE SOMETHING ELSE. [unintelligible background conversation] OK, WHY DON'T WE START OUT WITH, UH, LET THE GOVERNOR READ WHAT HE'S GOT. OK?

FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

[SOUND ROLL 2, UH, GOVERNOR FAUBUS INTERVIEW, SOUND ROLL 2] OK GOVERNOR WOULD YOU READ AND TRY TO YOU KNOW, TRY TO ADDRESS IT TO THAT CAMERA , NOT TO ME, OK.

Orval Faubus:

Now my second objective in the action which I took at Little Rock was to induce the federal authorities to enforce, or help enforce, or help prevent disorder, which came from their own court order, instead of casually retiring from the scene and leaving the problems to the local and state uh… officials. After all, it was their court order, it was not a state court order, or not a state law, at that time it was in violation of the state constitution. Well, I succeeded in both objectives. I'm glad to be able to say that in the volatile situation that existed, not a plate glass window was broken, no building was looted or burned and not a single life was lost. And that can't be said in hundreds of other American Cities all across the nation. I was able to keep order and protect everyone, although some of the means used were considered drastic and misinterpreted by the press and the critics. Now after I was barred from the situation by a federal court order, the federal authorities moved in to maintain order and affect integration at Central High School. That's all a matter of history. But with this action they were greatly displeased. And that's the main reason for their displeasure with me and their attempts to paint me as an extremist. This is the basis for a number of misinterpretations. For example, I never said I was a segregationist. I haven't said yet that I ever was,