Interview with James Forman
QUESTION 44
INTERVIEWER:

OK, TAKE IT FROM THE BEGINNING AND GIVE IT [unintelligible].

James Forman:

Well, in the civil rights movement there were certainly attempts to discredit the movement by using communist scare, the red scare, labeling people as outside agitators. Segregators, segregationists would try every attempt to do that. They would try to isolate us internally in the, in the community by telling people that this person is a communist, that person is a communist, they would attempt to to stop us from from, um, getting money you know by using these tactics. Um, the, but our organization insisted you know on the right of freedom of association, you know, that we had a right to associate with whomever we wanted to associate and to try to bring people in and not to exclude people. And I think that that overcame the uh um, the attempts to isolate us within the community and from sources of funds too.