Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 53
INTERVIEWER:

DO YOU THINK IN THE AMERICAN CONSCIENCE, THE AMERICAN SELF-IMAGE COULD HAVE SUSTAINED ITSELF, BY PEOPLE ON THAT LINE?

Bayard Rustin:

Yes, because, just as in England, if white people use guns to try to get what they want, the government is going to move against them. White people all over the world, and even our African leaders, would not have been able to have justified supporting us, if we had been trying to take over by guns. And for a very simple reason: if they don't want to set a precedent, by supporting people getting what they want by guns, for fear their own Africans will then get guns, and want to use them, to upset government.