Interview with Herbert X. Blyden
QUESTION 18
INTERVIEWER:

This is directed right to you personally. How did you feel about this issue of amnesty in terms of you?

HERB BLYDEN:

In terms of me and amnesty in 1971 in Attica I did not relate to the terminology. So much so that we included in the five final demands, ah, a clause that specifically addressed itself to transfer to a non-imperialist country. Because having been brought up in America, realizing its laws mean nothing, ah, the man's word mean nothing. Having had the experience only a year prior in the Tombs uprising where Mayor Lindsay granted amnesty, we knew full well that, ah, the fork town would stick us. So, amnesty per se, ah, meant nothing. I wanted out.

INTERVIEWER:

Fine. Let's cut.