Interview with Jessie McCrary
QUESTION 16
MADISON DAVIS LACY:

So, politics is part of the answer somehow or another or was part of the answer for Overtown.

JESSIE McCRARY:

Was part of the answer, is part of the answer. It is all politics.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Put politics in the subject again, politics will part of it.

JESSIE McCRARY:

Politics, the whole destruction of Overtown can be related to politics. Because it was the politicians who we did not, quote control, where we had no representative there to look out for our interests and the interest that, that the politicians looked out for were the interests of the landlords who lived on Miami Beach but who owned the property over here, for the bond issues that were going to be passed to build this that helps their friends. Black people were not even thought about, no more than, here's the area. We can move them out. I mean you had entrepreneurs going around offering people money for their property when they knew what the master plan was. And here was Black Miami, not even knowing. And one of the things we were not part of the process. We were locked out the process. So, if we didn't know what went on at the meeting, before the meeting, there's no way for you to get the full impact of what the meeting is about.