Interview with Dave Dennis
QUESTION 33
INTERVIEWER:

GOTTA CUT AGAIN, GETTING BACK TO THAT. BEGIN TO DESCRIBE WHAT PEOPLE DID NOT UNDERSATND AT THAT TIME UM OK, UM, BEGIN TO TELL US WHAT PEOPLE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE SITUATION OF ORGANIZERS HERE IN THIS STATE.

Dave Dennis:

One of the things people did not understand outside the state was that the uh, the dangers that uh, the workers faced every day, I mean we were shot at, people were beaten, cars were shot up, houses bombed, buildings bombed, excuse me, this was done on a, on a, not on an irregular basis, you know like every six months, or something like that, this was done on a daily basis a lot of times, I mean there was something happening someplace in the state, and uh, those kinds of things, like that, you began to feel nothing was being done, I mean this uh, no one could find, the state would not prosecute, the federal government would claim that their hands were tied, and everything like that, so the question is what do you do? And we got to a—points especially myself, as it got to a point whereby I just could not anymore tell people to be nonviolent. I could not say, wait, let's depend upon someone else to resolve this problem for us. I could not do that anymore. We had to deal with it ourselves, because there wasn't anyone else out there doing anything about it at all.