Interview with Arthur Shores
QUESTION 24
INTERVIEWER:

HOW CAN THESE TWO PEOPLE LIVE IN THE SAME PERSON?

Arthur Shores:

Well, as I said it was politics. Politics, that's what it was. That's exactly what it was. As I say, uh he wasn't — he had indicated that he wasn't going to have any resistance when we brought Viv Malone down, just going to make a show, that he had promised the electorate, which was predominantly white, that before he admitted a black to the University of Alabama, that he would stand in the schoolhouse door. And that's what he did, was just pure Politics. Now for instance, well, no need in going back to Bull Connor, well now, Bull Connor, although – it indicated how he acted during the demonstrations, but blacks had been trying to get, some blacks uh, on the police force. And uh Connor contacted me and a few others, to see if we could get four or five blacks who would be interested, and join the police force. And that he would see that they were appointed. But we were never able, I mean, the image that the police department portrayed, we just couldn't get a black at that time who was willing to become a member of the police.