Interview with Ruth Batson

After Garrity handed down his decision, did the Black community think that things were going to be easy?


When G--Garrity's decision came down in June of 1974 we were sunk when we heard some of the remedies, the one of busing to South Boston because, and Charlestown particularly, because those of us who had lived in Boston all of our lives knew that this was going to be a very, very difficult thing to pull off. And we knew that the people in South Boston, or at least we felt that way, that the people in South Boston and Charlestown would not be receptive to having Black kids bused into their city or their little t-town or whatever they called it. And um, so we were fearful but they had masters who were appointed to make the, the ah, the ah, case and so forth. But somehow we knew that things weren't going to go well. And at that point I think that we should have um, tried some kind of legal way of injecting ourselves into the case, but we didn't. The, you know, the parents were handling this themselves. And at that point they were making their own decisions. And somehow we didn't feel as if we should do that. We would stay on the sidelines and watch this thing. Well, it's history. The kind of things that happened and the kind of response was just terrible.