Interview with Walter Mondale
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

…TO THEIR OWN UH, INTEREST… THAT THEY FELT AFTER THAT THEY HAD THE VOTES TO GET MORE.

Walter Mondale:

Well, that may be but I… you know, the way I remember that uh, I was chairman of the subcommittee, I'm a strong pro-civil rights advocate – they were pushing against an open door in terms of the objective of civil rights and preventing any future lily white, segregated delegations. The tough question was always – how do we handle it? What, what should be the best way to resolve this? One theory was – you just take the black delegation and seat them, kick the white delegation out. Uh, and that's all you needed to do. Well, that didn't solve any long term problems. It didn't establish any rule of law for civil rights, and if all it is is going to be fight against black or whites, one winning, one losing – there was no hope for a healthy political party. So the question was how to do it. And, and I think the way we came up was exactly right.