Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 7
INTERVIEWER:

YOU'VE DESTROYED MY SHOW [laughter].

Bayard Rustin:

Well, I don't think so. Oh, well I think there are some lessons, if we start where I start. And they, the first lesson is, don't try to repeat what you've done because you are in a different period. That's the first lesson. The second lesson is that protest is no substitute for the ballot box, which we have now. When we didn't have the ballot box, protest was the logical way. Once you have the ballot box, protest is useless. And the fact is you cannot get blacks into the ballot box. A third of the blacks who can vote, go to vote. That's our problem.