Interview with Gov. George C. Wallace
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

SPEAKING ABOUT VIOLENCE, YOU'VE TALKED A LITTLE BIT EARLIER ABOUT THE 16th STREET CHURCH BOMBING. MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID AT THAT TIME THAT HE FELT, HE BLAMED YOU FOR THAT, HE SAID YOU WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT BECAUSE OF YOUR WORDS AND WHAT YOU HAD SAID HAD CREATED AN ATMOSPHERE.

Gov. George C. Wallace:

I had never made any statement, and you can look at any statement I have made, I've always said that God made us all and he loves us all and anyone who attempts to harm the hair on another man's head in this matter is not on our side. I did not ever use any provocative a, talk about civil right, I never talked provocative about Dr. King or anyone of that sort. Now listen, you know you all come to me, but who is it I spoke like, I spoke like Lyndon Johnson, he spoke the same way as a member of the congress. Fullbright of Arkansas spoke the same way as a member of congress. Senator Sam Irving, Senator Russell, Senator Hill, Senator Sparkman, Senator Goldwater, on the civil rights matter. I do not have any statement or book I ever wrote, I have, or would like to withdraw from publication, because I have never made a statement that offended black people unless I said in those days I was for segregation. I never made any statement that offended black people unless I said in those days I was for segregation. I never made any statement about inferiority or that sort, I don't believe that. I was born and raised among black people and they're my friends, listen, if I had said anything that as the Eastern press said I did, and did, no self respecting black would ever have voted me, for a hundred years, yet I won 95 percent of the black vote in the last election in Alabama, I did so in 1974, the last two races I ran. So, when you can win the, 95 percent of the governors race in black vote in the governors race, they would not vote for a man that would have said or done or acted or felt, as they said George Wallace felt. I love black people, I love white people, I love yellow people, I'm, I'm I, all religions and I'm believe in fair play to people in this country, and I'm a Christian and therefore I don't have any ill feeling toward anybody because of race our black people are some of our finest citizens.