Interview with Arlie Schardt
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

I'm going to stop you because I don't want the reference to what you said before**.

ARLIE SCHARDT:

I'm sorry. I knew it the minute I... Ah, I think one reason is that there were a lot of new reporters, reporters who were new to this beat who were coming in from a lot of papers around the country as the march began to pick up momentum and as this Black Power theme began to get some publicity. The second reason was that it was never, the theme was never really clearly articulated. Or at least what it meant was never clearly defined. And so it, it was open to very broad interpretations. And there were some Whites, for their own reasons, who wanted to, ah, take this as a signal of real Black hostility and enmity** and there were others who simply didn't know how to, how to read what was being said and therefore it was left open to the idea that, that this was a dramatic change in the Civil Rights Movement in which Blacks were telling the Whites to get out and forget it, we're on our own and, and it was, and, and that it would be anti-White. Ah, and, but remember that there was a lot of confusion because there was no unanimity about this. There were, most of the Black leaders, ah, were still arguing strongly for integration as the, as the only approach to take to achieve, ah, justice throughout the country.