Interview with Gov. John Patterson
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEY SAID THEY WERE TESTING THE DECISION THEY HAD THE RIGHT TO TRAVEL INTERSTATE BUSES.

Gov. John Patterson:

Well, now these were not bonafide interstate travelers by any means. These people were buying tickets from town to town within states. And they were getting off the bus at term-, at various terminals and they were going into restaurants and waiting rooms and cafeterias and places at that time that had been traditionally segregated and they were deliberately going in there and rubbing up against people and pushing in, in the places and deliberately trying to create trouble and cause fights to get the publicity. And of course you can start a fight anywhere that way, New York or anywhere you want to go. If you start that kind of conduct in a public place, you're going to have a fight. And that's what these people were doing. They were deliberately doing this in order to create trouble, violence if necessary to bring publicity to what they were doing.