Interview with Seth Taft

Okay, did you, did you expect that the business community would come out solidly behind you after Stokes won?


No. Not a bit. No--not, there's a, because already in the primary I could see what a lot of my business acquaintances were doing. They believed that after the troubles of the previous year that, uh, we might very well be better off to have a Black mayor, that, uh, that if we had a Black mayor he would be able to understand and to deal with the concerns of the Black community in a better way than a White mayor. Ah, and that, so a lot of, lot of my people that I knew in business were supporting Stokes and I, I knew it. I mean, I, I had a lot supporting me, but there was certainly no unanimity whatsoever in the business community over who should be elected the mayor.