Interview with Nicholas Katzenbach
QUESTION 43
INTERVIEWER:

HOW DOES AN ATTORNEY GENERAL FEEL ABOUT IT. BECAUSE YOU CERTAINLY HAD DEMONSTRATORS AND PROTESTORS OUTSIDE YOUR OFFICE, HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT IT?

Nicholas Katzenbach:

Well, if you're going to be in politics I think you, you have to uh, take the demonstrations, you have to take uh, the way people feel, the civil rights… you never could in the Department of Justice or elsewhere in the Government give civil rights groups everything they asked for and they understood that perfectly well. If you were going to be successful you had to have them asking for more than you gave them uh, uh so that you appeared to be in a objective and fair and neutral position. So they would demonstrate against the Department of Justice. I had a sit-in in the department uh, at one time and uh, I uh, I guess I treated it uh, just the way a Southerner would have treated it uh, I had people carried out.