Interview with Bernard Lafayette
QUESTION 23
JUDY RICHARDSON:

If you would respond to the criticism and the frustration of the Daley administration that it's easy to come into a city and articulate a problem and get people all stirred up, that you were presenting no solutions?

BERNARD LAFAYETTE:

One of the things that people were, you know, accused the movement of was come into the city, getting everything stirred up, and then, you know, leaving, whatever, etc. But the role of the movement is, ah, catalytic in the sense that it is to bring these things to a head, to articulate the problems and to stir things up in a sense of giving people hope. See people change when they begin to have hope, so you do turn things upside down. But is it, actually the movement does not solve problems, the movement actually present the problems in such a dramatic way that people feel the urgency of doing something about them rather than simply letting them exist as the status quo. So once we do that, then it's the responsibility of the administration, the government who has the responsibility for making decisions, also have, the government has the resources for solving these problems. Many times we have the laws on the books that exist but they're not being enforced. So as a result of the movement, people began to see the necessity of actually enforcing the law and being able to set forth those policies and do things to make things work and to change the conditions.

JUDY RICHARDSON:

OK, stop again for a second.