Interview with William Coleman
QUESTION 3
INTERVIEWER:

THERE WAS SOME RISK WASN'T THERE IN TAKING THAT ISSUE HEAD ON?

William Coleman:

Oh, there's great risks, I mean even today at times uh, when you can't sleep in the morning, you may wake up and say "My God what would have happened if Brown had been decided the other way?" I mean I think this country today would certainly not have its position of leadership. It would be a complete disaster. I mean after all the world is two-thirds non-white. Can you imagine the lack of influence that the United States would have in this world today if it still had an official segregation policy?