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Johnson / Closing Remarks, Part Two

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Johnson: People I’m given a choice to vote for, I wouldn’t normally—I don’t think the guy can raise the most money as a good leader necessarily. We’ve been hocked into this idea that he has to raise money, but to me he’s a fake. (inaudible) and if it comes to a civil rights and this sort of thing, if the best thing he can give me is affirmative action. I’m saying hey, something is wrong with this. Some sense, my real thought about leadership is that it’s a void. A big void. When I see what happens, I say, with President Obama. When I get into these state houses and I see this stuff that’s unbelievable. These so-called intelligent people—Democratic—coming up with this. So, you know, I have to pass on that one except to say the truth. That I feel like there’s a leadership void and it’s been there a long time. Quite often when something happens it’s coincidental, not a part of the plan.

Interview Interview with James E. Johnson
Subjects Citizenship › Voting and Voter Registration
Quantitative Questions
Quantitative Questions › Most Effective Leader
Quantitative Questions › Most Effective Organization
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Interview date 2015-07-21
Interview source CRBB Summer 2015
Interviewees Johnson, James E.
Interviewers Acuña-Gurrola, Moisés
Bynum, Katherine
Duration 00:01:44
Citation "Closing Remarks, Part Two," from James E. Johnson oral history interview with Moisés Acuña-Gurrola and Katherine Bynum,  July 21, 2015, Prairie View, TX , Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed December 01, 2020