Interview with Sheriff Mel Bailey
QUESTION 28
INTERVIEWER:

OK, I'D JUST LIKE TO ASK YOU SORT OF A BASE QUESTION HERE, WHY WAS THERE SO MUCH RESISTANCE TO DESEGREGATION IN BIRMINGHAM?

Sheriff Melvin Bailey:

Total change. White and black restrooms. White and black drinking fountains or none for the black. Total change. You put your finger right on the problem. It was a resistance, unnatural resistance. These schools, separate schools, separate everything. Back of the bus so to speak. It wasn't funny then and it still isn't funny. But suddenly we have the fourteenth amendment that took a hundred years, brought on by the Civil War, suddenly must be complied with. Equal treatment under the law. And this was a resistance. They are not going to get equal treatment. What do you mean? Go to school with my little daughter. Now that is why resistance.** And, and it's still resisted. [overlap]