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the line. When we were in there, to be berated and what not,
they broke all protocol, and in front of us, you know, said, “Hell
no, they're not going to be suspended. They're not going to be
And after they excused us, I evesdropped, obviously,
outside the door, and I listened to them.....
Where was I?
You were evesdropping on the disciplinary committee.
So, I heard them, and I heard Ralph Bunche say --and you know,
this was 1935, I graduated in June of 1935, so he was a young person.
He's ten years older than I. At that time he must have been just
about 30 or 31. He said, “No. We ought to --”
He was very much like the sergeant in the precinct,
you know. He said, “We ought to be giving these young men medals.”
Well, anyway, they went out, and it was clearly an accident
that I was not expelled.
Again, you know, the curious thing is that I didn't think
I was going to be expelled. I don't know what this quality in me was.
I was not worried. Every time I talked with Mordecai Johnson, and
he made his threats and what not, it never occurred to me that he
would ever be able to carry them out.
I guess, when you get right down to it, I was just incorrigible,
in terms of my believing that there were certain things
which were right, and if I were editor of the paper, I'd have to
say them, and when I was no longer editor of the paper, therewas
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