Interview with Georgia Ayers
QUESTION 8
JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

Back again to the rally that night. Were there any White people there?

GEORGIA AYERS:

At the rally?

JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

Yeah.

GEORGIA AYERS:

Of course, McDuffie's rally?

JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

Yeah.

GEORGIA AYERS:

Oh yes. One media person was there from the Miami Herald, this poor little, beautiful White girl. I kept telling her, Sweetheart, she was came, some came from Miami Beach some came from all over Dade County. Whites, liberal minded Whites, everybody, after viewing what happened on the screen, the police officers going into the detail with the, a kell[SIC] light, how they kicked the, and, and broke up the motorbike to make it appear that McDuffie was in a, in the, in an accident. All of those people, if you have any heart whatsoever, you would denounce anything like that. So the Whites came to support the cause of poor people, Black people. But in the heat of a riot, whether it's Ku Klux Klans against White or Blacks against Ku Klux Klans against Black or White, Blacks against White, when a race riot comes in, I don't care if a White is my best friend, I will tell him, you take cover for right now because you may be my best friend but other Blacks don't see you. All they see is a White man. And you are not safe. And this same Miami Herald reporter, I tried to tell her, "Sweetheart, you need to leave and go back because you're in trouble." "Oh, no, I came all the way over here and I'm marching and furthermore, I'm covering the story." I say, "Honey, to hell with the story right now, you better get your butt from out of there right now." To make a long story short, she was so glad when I carried her to the sanctuary of Dade County Jail to save her life.