Interview with Flint Taylor

How did you feel at the time?


Well, the whole process, at some point you came not to expect anything, in one hand you felt like it was totally unjust, it was, uh, the big lie going on here, the big cover up, that was obvious. But on the other hand you, uh, having been hardened by what had gone on, and when you've seen, what, what, the truth of the matter was and how it was being portrayed and what was going on and who was being prosecuted, and, and how, how people were being treated, you came to almost expect that result, uh, because you, you kind of understood that the government was going to indict themselves. And was not going to, uh, uh, call the shots the way they really happened. So, uh, it was outrage as well, don't get me wrong, it was outrageous what happened, and we all felt outrage. And the community carried that outrage forward, from that point forward, and I think that that outrage and that feeling of injustice, and that feeling that, uh, that you felt, that what Fred Hampton stood, stood for should be carried forward. Was something that drove all of us, and it drove us for the entire 13 years of the case, to, to fight, you know, the entire case out, uh, under the odds that we were dealing with, to get the actual evidence to support what everybody believed. It's also, I think transformed us, uh, myself, I can speak for myself and my, my partners, that kind of transformed us from young, kind of idealistic people who where not sure exactly what we wanted to do. To the kinds of uh, people that were committed to the kind of work, that uh, you know for social change and justice that we've been committed to for the last 20 years. And particularly to be committed to dealing with, with, with exposing the truth about what happened to Fred Hampton and Mark Clark.