Interview with Alan Lupo
QUESTION 7
JACKIE SHEARER:

Now, you told me that you thought there are a couple of levels of understanding and connection between the Civil Rights Movement and the anti-busing movement.

ALAN LUPO:

You know, it was an ironic thing to watch and listen to the people opposing, actively opposing busing. A number of them said essentially, "If Martin Luther King was a hero for sitting on the street, or blocking traffic, or picketing or demonstrating, how come we're not heroes? How come the media are treating us differently than it did the White college students who opposed Vietnam, or the Blacks who had sit-ins?" Some people were very sincere when they raised that question. They felt there was no difference. They felt they were demonstrating for their homes, their neighborhoods, their children, their, their view of education. Their civil rights. Other people, I think, were a little less sincere.



ALAN LUPO:

Some people, I fear, were not so sincere. Perhaps some of the leaders who thought they were being cute. And may or may not have seen any parallels, but decided to run that guilt trip on the media, and say, "Oh, so now you're discriminating against us." So you had both. You had those who honestly saw no difference. And believed that their civil rights were in danger and they had a right to demonstrate. And you had those who were maybe playing it for all it was worth.