Interview with Craig Rains
QUESTION 12
INTERVIEWER:

AFTER THE MINNIE JEAN INCIDENT, WERE YOU AWARE — OR EVEN BEFORE THAT INCIDENT, WERE YOU AWARE OF MATERIALS BEING CIRCULATED IN THE SCHOOL, RACIST MATERIALS, HATE MATERIALS?

Craig Rains:

There was a small group of — oh, maybe fifteen, twenty students, out of the, oh, I guess maybe 1800 or 2000 students, that were hard-core arch segregationists. The rest of us were pretty much moderate in this particular situation. But this hard-core, whose parents were very active in something called the Citizens' Coun— White Citizens' Council, would bring things to school and pass them out. And it was really hate literature. when Minnie Jean, for example, was kicked out of school following the chili incident, they — they brought cards and gave them out, that said "One down, eight to go." When school was out in May, they still hadn't given up the fight. They — they came out with a two-color card, that said, "Ike go home. Liberation day, May 29th, 1958," which was graduation day. They were still fighting the battle even then.** And this went on all during school. It was really disconcerting. It was sad to see them do these things. And I don't think they ever won anybody over, but they did come out and pass these things out, off and on during the school year.