Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 49
INTERVIEWER:

WASN'T IT JFK OR WALTER REUTHER—A THREAT TO PULL MONEY FROM CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS TO FORCE THAT PRESSURE ON THE MFDP?

Bayard Rustin:

Oh, sure. But they were doing it for their reasons. And I was doing it for mine. If a bigot says to me, "The sun is shining." If the sun is shining, I say, "Yes the sun is shining," because I want to tell the truth. My view was not their view. They simply wanted to have no more discord in front of the convention for fear it would do the Democratic Party harm. I didn't give a hang about that. I wanted them to go inside because I wanted us to start a playing a role in Mississippi, and to accept the responsibility of being the Democratic Party of Mississippi—made up mostly of blacks with whites.