Interview with Herbert Muhammad
QUESTION 16
SAM POLLARD:

Mr. Muhammad, tell me the kind of reaction he was getting,I mean calls, people shooting at his house, when he had made his anti-Vietnam statements.

HERBERT MUHAMMAD:

Yes, you say, ah, when Muhammad made an anti-V- ah, Vietnam statement, I think he made a pro Vietnam statement. When you say anti-against it, you say he was against the, ah, you mean the war, anti-war statement that he--

SAM POLLARD:

Anti-war statement.

HERBERT MUHAMMAD:

--OK, that he was against the wa- the war on them.

SAM POLLARD:

Let's do it again.

HERBERT MUHAMMAD:

OK.

SAM POLLARD:

OK, when Ali made his anti-war statements, what was some of the reaction, he was getting phone calls--

HERBERT MUHAMMAD:

Yes, When Ali ma- made his, ah, his statement that he was not going to be a party to an unjust war against the Vietcong, ah, Vietnam, the Vietcong people, that, ah, it was a backlash from the White community. Some of them would call him all times of night, threaten to bump[SIC] up his house, they would throw rocks at his house, some even drive by in cars hollering and drunk and shooting at his place, and different things like that**. And then he had a lot of, of bad press, some of the, ah, people like Dick Young, they would always write very bad and negative about what he was doing. So he had a lot of, you know, things to overcome, and they'd go out on the street and some of the people would curse him and call him out of his names, yes, a lot of things like that happened.