Interview with Charles Butts
QUESTION 17
LOUIS MASSIAH:

Could you start again and make sure you identify the business community, in 1967, why did the business community support Stokes?

CHARLES BUTTS:

It's ah, it's really not fair to I suppose ah, for me to, to try and determine the motivation of the business community's support of Carl Stokes. A, a, a cynical view might be that there were those who supported a Black mayor because then he could control ah, the Black community at a time when the business community, and everybody I suppose, was afraid of the kind of riots that were occurring at that time. Um, that would have shortchanged, I think, the spirit that was behind ah, the people who were supporting ah, Carl Stokes in the community. And, and I don't think it's fair to say it was true of all of the business community. Ah, but I think that would've been the kind of thing you might have read about in the paper both before and after the election.