Interview with Michael Harrington

Was he viewed in '68 as a radical?


I think by--he was viewed as having made the wrong decision. Bayard Rustin whom I respect profoundly, even though we had great disagreements on the war, Bayard had a different view. Bayard's view was and there, there were liberals who had this view, that Dr. King should have spoken only on behalf of the Blacks and the poor and the problems of the economy and stayed out of foreign policy. Not that he should have supported the war, but that he should not have gotten into the anti-war movement. And that's, that was the point at which Bayard and I, among other things, diverged.