Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT WOULD YOU SINGLE OUT AS THE GREATEST IMPACT OF THE BROWN DECISION ITSELF?

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Well, I think in retrospect the impact was largely psychological. As a practical matter, you know the implementation of Brown ran into the hard realities of life in major urban centers where there are large segregated housing areas in which blacks lived, or lived at that time and which is still with us. And it's been very difficult to implement the Brown decision in say New York or Boston or Atlanta and other places where we have this kind of social distortion. I lost my train of thought…