Interview with Athalie Range
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

Alright, if in fact integration has been achieved, how does that ultimately affect the goal of what Black society should pick or even American society?

ATHALIE RANGE:

Well, I think we cannot say that integration has been totally achieved. There's still areas right here in the city of Miami that we're fighting to get into. There are still schools that are probably 99 percent White or 99 percent Black. Consequently I think that even though some of us might feel that the war on integration's been lost, I don't feel this way, but I do feel that we're still fighting the battle and it's still uphill. I think that much blood is still being shed in order to achieve integration. Let's look at some of the positions that we have. We have huge companies that bring well-trained Blacks in, carry them straight over the squalor of Liberty City and Overtown and everything else, purchase beautiful homes and estates for them in the outlying sections of the community. And those Blacks do not know that we exist, or their, their circumstances are such that they simply don't have the time to come and mix with those of us who are still out here in the forefront of the struggle. We have many, many positions that could be held by Blacks, Blacks who are trained for the positions. Yet, w--we still have the thought that you come looking for something and you've got to bring your qualifications with you, we've gone and gotten the qualifications. Yet, we still have to go around in a circle in order to get some of the things that we feel are rightfully ours. In other areas we have the red-lining of people who would come into this community to live, to have their businesses. We have red-lining done insurances which is a very important factor in the life of any community. Consequently, I think we still have a long, long uphill battle to go as far as integration is concerned. True integration.

INTERVIEWER:

Let's stop down. I have no more questions.