Interview with Bayard Rustin


Bayard Rustin:

Well, because the final answer to the problems we face were [sic] no longer demonstrations. The problems we now face, if want money for housing, you have to get it out of Congress. That's politics: money for education, the same. If you want to get jobs, the government has got to help provide these jobs. And you can't get that out in the street. You've got to come into the politics and get Congress to vote the funds for these things. We've made these arguments with them. Now when you are talking about the right to sit in the bus or to go into the library or the swimming pool, Congress wasn't going to do anything about that. This was not a matter of appropriating money. And if you disrupted enough restaurants, swimming pools, libraries, they would let you in.