Interview with Ed Marciniak
QUESTION 33
SHEILA C. BERNARD:

Why would Black residents support Mayor Daley?

ED MARCINIAK:

Well they would, ah, first support Mayor Daley--

SHEILA C. BERNARD:

I'm sorry you need to talk about Black citizens, Black voters. Actually, why would Black voters support Mayor Daley?

ED MARCINIAK:

Ah, Black voters, like White voters, usually rely on their neighbors, their precinct captain, their alderman, their ward committeeman, their state representative. And so if the alliances and the allegiances and the loyalties are close, then they will support the candidates, citywide, which their local poli-litical[SIC] leadership supports. And therefore, most voters opt to work inside the political system, not outside it or around the political system. So if you opt to work within the political system as a public official or as an elected official, there is a way to go about it. Ah, if you opt outside the system there's another way to go about it. And those may work together or they may not work together, or they may conflict. I think the, the, the error that occur-curred[SIC] here was to assume that the political establishment was monolithic o- on whee- unyielding. But it was just the opposite. It wanted to yield. It wanted to bend. It wanted to accommodate on the one hand and accommodate on the other hand. That's working within the political system. And the people who were outside the political, ah, system just don't understand that kind of behavior.