Interview with Walter Mondale
QUESTION 45
INTERVIEWER:

THE MFDP PEOPLE THERE REACTED VERY STRONGLY.

Walter Mondale:

Oh yeah, they didn't like it. They wanted to be seated, that was the only thing they would accept. Uh, the whites wanted to be seated, that's all they would accept. So in a sense, we fell between the cracks of both delegations. We resented and opposed the discrimination of the white delegation, but we did not think that the long-term health of the party would be solved by simply substituting an all black for an all white delegation. We thought what needed, what really counted was fundamental party reform, what I call the Civil Rights Act of, of the Democratic Party, which in fact, has worked throughout our country including in Mississippi.