Interview with Nicholas Katzenbach
QUESTION 29
INTERVIEWER:

OK, UM, WHEN UM, WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE DIFFICULTY TO TRYING TO GET BLACKS REGISTERED, WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE THE WHITES IN THE SOUTH AND DALLAS COUNTY WERE SO RELUCTANT TO REGISTER BLACK PEOPLE?

Nicholas Katzenbach:

I think the reluctance to, to register blacks in, in the, in the Deep South uh, uh, occurred primarily because there were certain communities in the South which the blacks were dominant and where if you freely registered the blacks you were going to have black officials, black sheriffs, black mayors, uh, and I think that uh, that uh, just simply wasn't consistent with the kind of caste society that had existed. It wasn't, it didn't really affect politics in that way, at a state level, because I don't believe in any state in the South there's more than 25% …