Were the riots a threat to the movement?
Oh, I think it, without a question it was a threat to the movement--
The riots were a threat to, to the movement and to everything we were trying to do. the only way we had been successful, in those goals which we had, in fact, achieved, whether it was voting riots or public accommodations, was garnering the support and understanding of the broader society. Ah, there is no way in which a riot promotes that understanding. Ah, we believed that the ultimate alternative was non-violent social involvement. And that, in fact, we could achieve those goals that way, and that a riot was counterproductive.