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I said, “Yes, I know that. I suspected it. “Hilton never
told me, but I knew. You know, I had some clues.
He said, “Don't worry.”
I said, “I'm not.”
You know, that was the kind of person he was, and that was
the kind of relationship we had. And it was developed and strengthened
in this HARYOU interval of my life.
Adam Powell was a person whom I came to know very well during
this period, because by this time, the initial attempts at co-opting
had been handled, I thought, fairly well by me, and Adam went off and
set up his own operation in Harlem, Associated Community Teams --
you know, which was ACT. He put his man in charge, Livingston Wingate,
who is now a judge, by the way.
And I thought that Adam was going to be satisfied with a
parallel operation, which I immodestly knew could not compete with my
operation, in terms of solidity-- you know, research, analysis, and
reports. I knew that and I wasn't worried about it, but I knew that
realistically, Adam had to have his -- to be quite candid, his pork
barrel, as the price for leaving our operation alone.
As far as I was concerned, this was quite all right, and
everybody else knew it. I mean, the Kennedys knew it. Wagner knew
it. You know, the realistic politicians knew it. And I didn't care. I
wasn't there to reform Adam or the political system. I was there to
let the part of it that I was concerned with have its integrity, which
I naively thought could be sustained throughout.
But there came a time when the document was ready, and it had
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