Interview with Arlie Schardt

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--


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.