Interview with Erle Johnston
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

OK, WERE, WERE WHITE SOUTHERNERS THEN, THEN AFRAID OF RACE-MIXING, OR WHAT, WHAT WAS THE BASIC FEAR? WHY, WHY SUCH A STRONG REACTION TO ONE PERSON?

Erle Johnston:

I think the reaction was strong because, and some people said that all of a sudden they got conscious of it. For instance, when I was young, just a kid, we played together with black kids, we went swimming with black kids in the creek and we thought nothing about it. We played baseball, we had a lot of fun. Then all of a sudden why the, the race issue became paramount and everybody kind of said oh, my what's going to happen now, what's going to happen now, they going to take over they going to get this or they going to get that. And one thing that we always tried to point out was the fact that there was never any law requiring churches to be segregated, yet they were by choice.