Interview with William Simmons
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

UM, WHY WAS THIS DECISION THOUGHT TO BE A DANGEROUS DECISION [unintelligible]?

William Simmons:

The decision was thought to be a dangerous decision uh because it involved what to many people at the time was, was kind of unthinkable. And it raised the question why? Uh, why use the power of government to compel people to mix socially for the sole reason that they were of different races. There's nothing, there's no historical precedent that anyone has brought to my mind that explains this. There's no prior experience of mankind. There's plenty of the opposite of separation, but none of this compulsion to integrate. And the effects in education were thought to be uh detrimental as indeed they turned out to be. Uh, it was foreseen that there would be uh chaos, in fact that has not actually happened to a large extent. But uh, it was resented uh very deeply and regarded as a gross usurpation of power by the United States Supreme Court and it destroyed the confidence of the public in that court's integrity.