Interview with Joseph Rauh
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

SOMETHING FUNDAMENTAL HAPPENED IN TERMS OF AMERICA LIBERALISM AND BLACK PEOPLE AT THAT CONVENTION, OR IN RETROSPECT IT SEEMS. DO YOU… DO YOU THINK IT WOULD… DO YOU THINK THAT'S TRUE?

Joseph Rauh:

I don't really. I think that American liberals worked with uh, blacks as much after as before. For example, the Voting Rights Act was a uh fight in which liberals and blacks cooperated like I have never seen any cooperation. The uh, there just isn't any question that cooperation went on. There were a short period in there when there was a debate over whether we had won. But the fact of the matter is that the outcome of that debate is that we had won. The, it could have been handled so that… it… there wouldn't have been any question raised about what we, what we had won. If they had had the sense to let the freedom party decide on the thing, not have it decided for them. And this was a mistake in tactics, it was a mistake because Johnson is a strong-arm guy and he got the strongest-armed guy he could to speak for him.