Interview with Ronald Scott

How did you respond to the non-violence of the, um, of the Civil Rights Movement?


In terms of the non-violence in, uh, which characterized the Civil Rights Movement in the South, it didn't really relate to us at all, in my opinion. Ah, we were concerned because we were Black, we were in a similar situation, but it didn't relate. At one time in my life I had lived in a situation where, uh, you know, landlord had, uh, wouldn't fix the plumbing, uh, wouldn't uh, deal with the vermin, rats and so forth. And, uh, had to confront the guy, almost get in a fight with the guy to make him do something. So it did--it didn't relate, it didn't relate because on a day to day level, like the police and other kinds of things, there were situations that could lead to a confrontation at any given time, not to mention the conflicts that we had among one another. So it wasn't the kind of situation that lent itself to non-violence in the way that the South, in the southern movement was, uh, a charac--in, in the way that it was characterized. As...