Interview with Thompson Gaines
QUESTION 7
LOUIS MASSIAH:

Did they ask questions about Stokes' background that they wouldn't ask of a White candidate?

THOMPSON GAINES:

Yes, ah, to me it always mystified me. The first thing they would ask is, is he qualified? Now mind you here is a man that ah, graduated from college, went to the University of Minnesota Law School, had his degree, have a, had a degree, where we had in the State of Ohio at one time our president of Council, ah, was a high school dropout. We've had one president of Council who was a high school dropout. And we've also had a mayor, City of Cleveland, who was a high school dropout.