Interview with Arlie Schardt
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

I'm going to take you right back to that speech again, you said Black Power, did you feel anything different at this time when you heard Black Power than you--

ARLIE SCHARDT:

Yeah, very definitely. It was a change, even in the way, even though I knew him well and we had, we had many a meal together and walked on, on marches together and so on, ah, his attitude toward, toward me as a White reporter and toward other White reporters whom he knew just as well, was different. Ah, he, there was, there was a definite barrier between us and, and he, ah, he wanted us to call him "Sir" from then on and he wanted a little more formality, at least publicly, in our, in our relationships, which had been very casual in the past because there had been tremef- tremendous amount of dialogue and long interviews and everything and, ah, definitely there was a sort of, ah, of, ah, "Keep your distance, Whitey. I'm, I'm, you know, this is a new day now and, and I mean it at all levels." I'm paraphrasing Stokely but, ah, ah, there was a definite change there. There was no question about it.