Interview with Peter Orris
QUESTION 25
INTERVIEWER:

OKAY, UH LET'S CUT FOR A SECOND LET'S JUST ROLL, A LITTLE BIT OF THAT AND THEN UH, I STILL WANT A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT YOU THINK AFTERWARDS, I MEAN IT'S TRUE A LOT OF THE DELEGATES WERE, HAD EXPECTED TO GET… I MEAN A LOT OF PEOPLE EXPECTED THE DELEGATES TO GET SEATED AND THEY WEREN'T, AND THEY HAD A LOT OF DISILLUSION ABOUT… NOT EVERYBODY FELT THE SAME WAY, ALL DIFFERENT LAYERS.

Peter Orris:

There was a tremendous support amongst the delegates of the Democratic Convention for uh, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. In fact, the night that uh, Mrs. Haymer and uh, the other delegates uh, four delegates came and uh, took the seats uh, without uh, being given the seats uh, took the seats that the Mississippi delegation had uh, abandoned, uh, there was a tremendous uproar in the hall when they walked in and everybody stood and cheered and clapped because the delegates thought that in fact these seats had been uh, given to the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and they realized the righteousness of that situation. But in fact, that was not the case and that was uh, another demonstration uh, by the MFDP and the seats were not given to them, and uh, a very insulting compromise was offered uh, based on uh, the uh, cruel realities of uh, Mr. Johnson's uh, real politic and uh, not based on the righteousness of the cause or the necessities that we knew uh, existed in Mississippi. And so we were very disappointed that uh, the Democratic Party had not responded in a more positive manner. Of course, in the next several years, we discovered the Democratic Party responding in equally negative manner to uh, other righteous causes such as the war in Vietnam and other uh, situations.