Interview with Ed Vaughn
QUESTION 5
SAM POLLARD:

Tell me about the lack of power within the Detroit community, what was--

ED VAUGHN:

Well, we, we did not have anyone in--

SAM POLLARD:

Just say in the Detroit community--

ED VAUGHN:

In the Detroit community we had very few people in, in political life, and usually they were very conservative, the one or two that we had, it was difficult for people in the, in the automobile industry, because of unemployment. We had a, the police, that was an army of occupation, the police would vamp on the Black community, ride down on us almost nightly. The Big Four and they were rather notorious, there were almost no Blacks on the police force, and so the police force was seen as, as an army of occupation. Economically, we weren't doing very well, our businesses were being squeezed out, especially with the oncoming of, of more acceptance of the Blacks downtown, and so all of those things happened, and I think that that turmoil caused turmoil among the people.