Here is another interesting story on a white member of the Freedom Riders and how he had to go against his parents to join. James Zwerg was almost beaten to death by the racists, and his mother blamed that incident for leading to his father having a heart attack. Among the parts of note in this story is that it shows how many racists were in a state like Wisconsin [Zwerg was inspired to get involved after the way a black roommate was treated at his Wisconsin college], not just the Deep South.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/05/16/Zwerg.freedom.rides/index.html

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