Interview with Ed Vaughn
QUESTION 15
SAM POLLARD:

OK, the reaction to some other brothers in the community who said the people had burned down the city, we had burned down our own city, what would you say to that?

ED VAUGHN:

Well, I mean, they, you know, we, we referred to them as Toms, that they didn't--

SAM POLLARD:

Let me interrupt you here, just say my reaction--

ED VAUGHN:

OK, my reaction to those brothers and sisters who were negative about the riots, said that we had burned our own community down, we knew better. We refer to them as Uncle Toms. We had checked and found out that the only Black homes that were burned were those that were accidentally burned, and there were a, a few Black businesses that were destroyed, but that was because the people who ran them were, were very negative and very anti- the Black community themselves. One of the first businesses on 12th to go was owned by a Black man, it was a drug store.

SAM POLLARD:

OK, let's cut.