Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 33
INTERVIEWER:

WHY WOULD YOU HAVE RESISTED FROM THEIR POINT OF VIEW?

Bayard Rustin:

From their point of view, as I say, they had been dealing with moral problems. Go into the restaurant and sit and sit and go to jail ten times if necessary and they will kick you out. But don't give up. Don't compromise. Now, you can't claim that attitude into the political aspect. Every black in Congress, in order to get any legislation through, has got to promise people he'll vote for their legislation and they'll vote for his. This is not a situation of morality, but of political maneuvering. And I don't think they understood that. I think they understand it now. And evidence of this is that SNCC disappeared, because it was not prepared to shift from protest to politics.