Williams, Cecil: Political Climate in San Francisco


Cecil Williams


Williams: Well I thought the politics were at that particular time: people versus money, people versus those who have. I remember one politician saying, at one time, that the city of San Francisco would one of these days become poor and rich. And I remember also that being a somewhat a way by which people who were certainly concerned about the total city would engage in those activities and that action which would help mobilize and energize and win for people who, in fact, were trying to make sure that all of the people at least were served in one way or the other. And then there was that other group that was more elitist like they had the position of being entitled. “I am entitled to this, so therefore I can get it when I want it, and I can make use of it as I want to, and I've got the power.” And that was one thing one group that seemed to me had, and the other group saying, “this is our city, it belongs to all of us.” And that the tension between those two, I think, for a number of years and then a very prevalent in San Francisco.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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