Interview with Harry McPherson

What kind of a risk do you think--


It was a, the risk of failure to begin with, it contained within it probably, a, the risk of, for want of a better word, favoritism, that many White Americans, including a lot of blue-collar workers, who had supported through their unions and their leadership in the North, supported the Civil Rights Movement, would see a vast federal program that was aimed, if not exclusively, at least very largely, at Black poverty in the cities as being a too, um, singling out Black Americans for favored treatment that they were not getting, and that they would resent it. That was the risk.