…it would be political suicide in his state for him to join a Goldwater bandwagon. He was unequivocal about this and months later, when I saw on television how quickly Governor Scranton pledged his loyalty to nominee Goldwater, how eagerly he engaged in some of the most revolting high level white Uncle Tomism I`ve ever seen—fawning on Goldwater and vigorously campaigning for him around the country—I had to wonder if this was, indeed, the same man who had very nearly sworn on a Bible that he never could do what he was doing (171).
Excerpts from Jackie Robinson`s Autobiography: I Never Had it Made
My meeting with the Senator had almost ground to a standstill when my instinct told me what was coming next. How much would it take to get me on board the bandwagon? “Look Senator,” I said, “I don`t want any of your money. I`m just interested in helping the candidate who I think will be best for the black American because I am convinced that the black struggle and its solution are fundamental to the struggle to make America what it is supposed to be.” The meeting ended on that embarrassing note. I came away feeling I could not support John Kennedy (138).
Several times during the Nixon campaign, I was on the verge of quitting and denouncing the Vice President. Rachel did not agree with my support of Nixon. However, she did not press me to quit until he failed to assist Dr. King [imprisonment]. Then she and friends urged me to reconsider my stance.
Mail and phone calls were coming in. People couldn`t understand how I could continue to go along with the program. I kept my silence—certainly not for money. I wasn`t getting paid a dime except for expenses and, in fact, never recovered some of my out-of-pocket expenses. Furthermore, I wasn`t staying in because I wanted a job from Nixon if he got elected (140).