Interview with Ernest Green
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

THE STUDENTS UH… MOST OF THEM SEEMED FRIENDLY?

Ernest Green:

Well, at that time they were. Because what had happened, those who were the most devout segregationists had either left, or were not in classroom with us, so that those students who were there, either those who were neutral or were actively, wanted to be actively friendly. Now as time wore on, when the troops finally came and we started going to school full-time, the uh, the segregationists started to pressure those students who attempted to be friendly to us. Uh, so for the most part over that year, we were isolated. There were a couple of incidents along the way in which students attempted to be friendly. But most of them were fearful of uh, either how their peers saw ‘em, and bein' a nigger-lover in 1957 was uh, enough to make white folks cringe so that uh, those who empathized and show, out, outward sympathy, uh, towards black students were uh, overtly uh ostra—ostracized.