Interview with Amiri Baraka

What did he say to you when you went back?


Well, where he first wanted to get, you know, he was just going through this kind of like, quasi-hysteria about it, but, ah, when people hinted me to what was going on, and I talked to him and he calmed down. He had told me, "I can't go for this. I can't go for this." And he was assuming that I was pushing it. I mean people always assumed since I was the Secretary General that I was pushing the various resolutions on the floor when it was just my job to raise them and to get votes on them. Same thing with the question of Israel. Same thing with the question of busing. The same, they knew my position based on the way I was handling the floor vote, you know.