Interview with Andrew Young

How did Dr. King personally feel about those people who were more militant, who accused him of a sellout with the--


They weren't more militant. They were more neurotic. And I think that's the way he dealt with it, personally. We knew people and we knew that people operated in movements as much out of their hostility and frustration as they did out of their intelligence, but you don't give in to hostility and frustration. If you do, you, you're wasted. I mean, my daddy always told me, even as a child, you know, "Don't get mad, get smart, that, that violence is counterproductive." And we never questioned that. And even in the more aggressive non-violent and civil disobedience days, there was always a disciplined, non-violent, well-organized effort that contained little or no bitterness.