Interview with George Romney
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

As someone involved in major civil rights legislation in the state, what was your sense in July 1967 of, what the cost of the rioting was gonna be, both in terms of the community in of itself--the Black community--and also in terms of the White backlash?

GEORGE ROMNEY:

Well, uh, it was gonna be a heavy cost, and we were deeply concerned about that.

INTERVIEWER:

I mean, I'm sorry, there was gonna be heavy cost to the rioting. I just need a fuller sentence.

GEORGE ROMNEY:

Oh. Okay. Start over.

INTERVIEWER:

Okay.

GEORGE ROMNEY:

You want me to--



INTERVIEWER:

What do you think the cost of the rioting would be?

GEORGE ROMNEY:

I thought the cost of the rioting would be, uh, intensified, uh, racial difficulties in the area. And that's why we undertook to organize New Detroit. We felt it was necessary to establish communication, better communication in the community. And also we were concerned about the impact on the housing and jobs and things of that character and the flight to the suburbs. Ah, so the cre--creation of a ma--means by which there could be a more effective contact between White and Blacks, and particularly leader--at the leadership level, was considered very necessary.