Interview with Ben Chavis
QUESTION 15
JUDY RICHARDSON:

Describe your reaction, what you're thinking may be happening when Diggs tries to gavel down.

BEN CHAVIS:

Well, I, you know, my first thought that came to my mind, I said, "Ah, huh--Something's going on to prevent us from having--"

JUDY RICHARDSON:

I'm sorry. if you can mention, "My first thought when i saw Diggs."

BEN CHAVIS:

My first thought when I saw Diggs gaveling down the convention--my first thought when I saw Diggs gaveling down, ah, the motion, when it was clear that the will of the body was to continue the nominations, I said, "Now, I hope this is not COINTELPRO operative here, to keep us from having this convention." Because the delegates were saying, "We're going to have this convention come hell or high water." And I think Diggs, ah, needed to be more aware of what was in the minds of the delegates. What kind of environments we all came out of, the kind of sense of repression that we came out of. And we wanted to at least be in Gary, Indiana, where we could have an open convention. And a convention needs to begin on an open point, not on a closed point.