William F. Buckley

Wednesday, October 20, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From card catalog: William Buckley, Conservative party candidate for Mayor of NYC, talks about the campaign. Talks issues and about remarks against him by Rep. Lindsay and Senator Javitts [sic]. Questions and answers.

Buckley makes lots of jokes, some about Lindsay and the campaign. Responds to accusations made by Javits that he is an "assassin."

Q&A: Is there a white backlash in New York as Senator Goldwater suggests? Yes, and he welcomes it: many people identify the members of the Negro movement being like Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. A white backlash that is aimed at resisting the special affronteries ... by some acknowledged Negro leaders is not only welcomed, but in my judgment, inevitable. The kind of white backlash that is not of course welcomed is any backlash that seeks to vent some kind of indignation against the Negro people because they are making justified progress or as a result of an increasing energy on the part of the Negro people as a result of an increasing awakening on the white conscience..." Who are the responsible Negro leaders? Shown more courage than white political leaders. Raymond Jones, Kenneth Clark. Better laws to curb any traffic in dope? He passes. Why is he running; isn't it a wasted vote? Future elections? Attitude toward minorities, including Puerto Ricans? What about Abe Beame?

Continues to talk about the likelihood he'll win, his vision for New York, and his impressions of the city.

A question to Mrs. Gunning about busing and African Americans.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70537
Municipal archives id: T627


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