Interview with Joseph Azbell
QUESTION 17
INTERVIEWER:

JUST ONE SHORT LITTLE QUESTION. WERE THERE ACTUALLY NEGRO GOON SQUADS THE WAY THE CITY CLAIMED?

Joseph Azbell:

Nobody can control everybody in a situation. There was a claim that there were goon squads at the first three or four days of the boycott and then later on they said that there were goon squads going door to door and all this. That's the normal type of thing for anyone to say about the opposition. You didn't have to hit blacks over the head to boycott buses. When people were giving them rides and when the white women said, where is my cook? Where is my laundress? Where is my babysitter? And they came out there in nice warm cars and picked them up and took them to their houses and you didn't need a goon squad to say don't get in your boss lady's car and ride. If it happened, it was some over anxious people, but I never saw it, and I never heard anyone tell me that it happened.

FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

PUSH UP YOUR GLASSES.

Joseph Azbell:

I'm sorry.