Interview with Herbert X. Blyden

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


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.


Fine. Let's cut.