Interview with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

THAT'S WHY YOU DECIDED TO GO AHEAD WITH…

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:

We had to go ahead. Nothing else. We had already met the merchants and had made a tentative agreement and, that they were going to take the signs down and other things. And Bull Connor made them come back. We were used to segregation. We were used to white people's promises. In fact we said that the white man smiles like he means yes, but he really means hell no. So it didn't, didn't—we weren't upset about, didn't care who got elected. We had to fig…I want to get that point, as Nixon says, crystal clear.