Interview with Erle Johnston
QUESTION 43
INTERVIEWER:

OK, HOLD. SOMEBODY DIFFERENT?

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

I'm curious if it was your sense that, at the time, or the sense of the people of Mississippi at the time, whether these college kids had come down to tell you how to run your own state and if it was the sense of—the people are sick that. College kids had no business doing that.

Erle Johnston:

Mississippians didn't think that anybody had anybody had any business coming into Mississippi. They were branded from within the states as "outside agitators." That was the favorite phrase to lump them all together. Whether they were students, whether they were adults, or who they were, they were outside agitators, and that was a definition very often used by public leaders in Mississippi.