Interview with Dr. Grant Friley
QUESTION 30
SHEILA C. BERNARD:

Let me interrupt, let me go to back to--what about the argument that it wasn't their community, people didn't own that community, other people controlled it, White people controlled it, why not burn it down.

GRANT FRILEY:

Ah, wh--after you burn it down, you know, zero from zero leaves zero. So you burn down a community that supposed--you say belongs to somebody else. Then you have nothing. Granted that a lot of the shops were owned by non-minorities, but, ah, a lot of those shops were owned by Black entrepreneurs and, and they also were burned down and that is not the way to solve a problem, by destroying a community - a community is what the people make it, has nothing to do with buildings, has to do with what the people make that com--community. And when they burned that community down, they, they destroyed themselves.