Interview with Bernard Lafayette

Can you talk about the affect of the Daley machine on that? I mean, were you surprised that some Blacks who you thought supported you who you turned around and found out they weren't?


One of the surprises is that we thought that many of the Blacks who were part of the Daley machine, ah, would have been supportive. But we found that some were very unsupportive[SIC] and, they were not, you know, they were very supportive of the movement in the South. But when we talked about the kind of issues and problems that exist in their own communities, because they were very tightly controlled, even down to the precinct level. They were people who were very resistant. And we came to understand that because people, you know their jobs were tied to their involvement in the maintenance of the machine. And, ah, when we began to challenge some of the conditions and some of the issues there in the local communities in those, ah, you know, areas, then we got severe reaction.