Interview with William Simmons
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

OK THANKS, STOP THERE FOR A SECOND. OK. YOU WERE SAYING THAT AFTER THE 54 DECISION, UM, FIRST OF ALL, THE DECISION ITSELF WAS AN UNTHINKABLE BECAUSE OF THE REPERCUSSIONS UH, IT WOULD BRING. GIVE US SOME SPECIFICS ABOUT WHAT, WHAT PEOPLE WERE AFRAID OF AND YOU PARTICULARLY.

William Simmons:

Well, uh, I make exception of myself as being afraid of any consequence of it because I was a mature person, and able to take care of myself, the main concern was for children, or the younger people growing up. Uh, there was concern about interracial dating to be perfectly frank. There was concern about uh parental control, uh, the fact that in schools the difficulty of maintaining discipline would be, exacerbated by this, by this decision. It enhanced the power of civil rights lawyers, where they were able to call the tune in the classrooms moreso than teachers and school officials themselves. It just changed the whole basis. It took, it took the control of schools away from local school boards. Placed the control of schools in the hands of federal courts and the difficulties that arose out of this transfer of power from local to federal level, uh was, was what people were concerned about most with all of the details that would flow from that.