Interview with Orval Faubus
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

RIGHT. YOU WERE KNOWN THAT WAY UNTIL THE INTEGRATION OF LITTLE ROCK HIGH SCHOOL BEGAN. AND THEN OF COURSE YOU TOOK ON ANOTHER ROLE. NOW THE PEOPLE, THE BLACK PEOPLE WHO HAD ELECTED YOU FELT THAT THEY HAD BEEN BETRAYED BECAUSE THEY FELT THAT YOU WERE JUST, YOU KNOW, YOU OPERATED AGAINST THEM. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?

Orval Faubus:

Well, I thinking you're making a statement that perhaps is extreme because uh, many many of the black people uh, uh didn't feel that way. And they understood when I explained to them that my objective in the Little Rock crisis was to prevent violence and death in the disorders that became imminent. Now it would take too long to go into the reasons for all of this and the proof that I had, but I can give you one example. There would have been small, well-organized groups there that morning that school opened, armed to the teeth with repeating rifles and other firearms …