Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 48
INTERVIEWER:

AND I GUESS I'D LIKE TO JUST HEAR, ONCE AGAIN, MAYBE KIND OF GET THE RIGHT STATEMENT, TO PUT INTO THE PIECE. SO WHY DO YOU THINK YOU WERE RIGHT?

Bayard Rustin:

My, no, my position was a very simple one. And that was that the time for protest is when the Congress will not give you the right to vote, when the parties will not accept you. Once you have the right to vote, and once the parties accept you to come into the Democratic Party and play a role like everybody else, why stand on the outside and protest? Now, the fact that I was right, is that if they had followed their course of action, we would have nobody in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The fact that people then went in to play the political game, means that we had sixteen in the House of Representatives.