Interview with Bernie Schweid
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

YOU WERE IN, THIS IS ABOUT MARCH, 1960. AND THE ARRESTS, THIS IS THE FIRST MASS ARREST OF STUDENTS, PLACED OUT TO SHOVEL SNOW. TALK TO ME ABOUT THAT AND WHAT EFFECT THAT HAD ON JUST, -UH- THE WHITE COMMUNITY AND-AND-AND PEOPLE IN NASHVILLE AT THAT TIME SEEING THESE STUDENTS ARRESTED AND OUT THERE SHOVELING SNOW AND WORKING LIKE THAT.

Bernie Schweid:

I think -uh- you know, most people -uh- just don't get too involved in that, and -uh- in taking a stand when something like that happens. It's -uh- when some-, like the -uh- students getting arrested en mass -uh- unless you've seen it, -uh- were there and saw, you know, these white hoods digging cigarette butts into -uh- black kids who are sitting there, and got shocked by that. Uh, most people, they read about it in-the paper but they go on with their lives and… I think it wasn't -uh-, didn't have all that -uh- great an impact. As this thing continued and violence escalated then people started realizing it wasn't going to go away.