Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 45
INTERVIEWER:

DID THEY REALLY BELIEVE IT? I MEAN DID THEY REALLY BELIEVE WE WEREN'T—

Bayard Rustin:

No. Thurmond, who was [ now ] taking a very different point of view, takes that point of view for a very fundamental reason: that he cannot get elected in his state without blacks voting for him. So just as he couldn't get elected before, unless he was a bigot, he can't get elected now if he is a bigot. So his objective was to get elected.