Interview with James Bevel

Now, I get the sense that is was very often how you handled things, that you would feel that base reaction and then you would think it through and bring out something of a higher level from it. Is that something you did often during this time?


Yeah, I think that one of the—I think it's natural for human beings to get angry when there's an intense violation and I think if a person don't have the capacity to get angry, I don't think they have the capacity to think fully through the implications of that which caused them to be angry. So I've always had the—felt I had a right to be angry and express my real feelings about that. Now, I did not feel that to carry out a conduct that's as demeaning to a person as, as the person carried out, was necessarily correct. Under the nonviolent Christian thing, is OK, what you do is you relax and you work through the cause and then address the cause. But basically when something like that happens, my first response is to get angry and want to kill somebody.