Interview with Jan Robertson
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

LET ME TURN THE OTHER WAY THEN, WAS SOMETHING LOST THAT DAY?

Jan Robertson:

I think innocence was lost. I think the university reputation was damaged terribly because we would always be associated with a, a race riot. Uh, you think of Old Miss and you think of Meredith, you think of the riots there. Even I remember there was a, a wire photo that appeared in several magazines and there were Mississippi State University students who were throwing rocks at troops. They had Mississippi State University on the backs of their jackets and the cut line said, Old Miss Students Throw Rocks. It was, it was as if we were the only people who were involved in it. Uh, and it, it changed the way that I will look at people and it, it changed the way that I looked at people of other races. I think it changed the way that a lot of students who were there. I don't think that most of them thought that it would ever come to real, real violence. Uh, yes, you had, you had some people, you had KKK members and they would resort to violence. But most people didn't. Uh, and I think they were stunned.