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In Houston there was a black police chief who was taken from
Atlanta to Houston, and I don't know whether he's still there or not.
Would you feel that this is a sign of hope or has it just not
gone far enough yet?
I don't know.
From an overall standpoint, I mean the police chief becomes a
role model of course, does he not?
Yes, but he's also part of a political operation. I don't
know that any police chief, including [ ] Ward, can operate in
isolation. I really don't. But that's certainly some improvement,
and advances--it's a breakthrough on sort of an ethnic monopoly. A
few decades ago the police chiefs were largely Irish, with exceptions
I'd like to do just a single shot follow up question on Malcolm X
based on a viewpoint that I've heard expressed, since you already
discussed Malcolm X. So this is understood, I want to say something
about my own observations again. That is, I do know in an early
period Malcolm X was not considered societally serious by such
persons as C. Roy Wilkins who told me once that black Muslims were
just some sort of a mystical cloak, religious cult, or something.
Unless the media blow them up.
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