Interview with Mike Wallace

In your opening remarks you referred to the Muslims as being preachers of hate while silver-minded Negroes stood idly by. I was wondering who some of those silver-minded Negroes were back then?


The entire Black leadership. Take a look at the, the Black leadership back then, Roy Wilkins for instance. A man, a friend of mine, a man for whom I had great respect. Word of the Black Muslims simply had not filtered out to the, to the White community, to the White journalistic community, to the White community in general. When I first heard about the Muslims I, I, I didn't know what Lou Lomax was telling me about. And when I say, "stood idly by," we never heard a word from any of the Black leadership at that time that there was this group called Black Muslims.