Interview with Gov. George C. Wallace
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

GOV. WALLACE, AS A BACKDROP TO OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOUTHERN SYSTEM OF SEGREGATION, I WONDER IF YOU COULD GIVE US A LAYMAN'S EXPLANATIONS OF PLESSY VS. FERGUSON WHICH WAS THE LEGAL BASIS FOR THAT SYSTEM, AND EXPLAIN WHY IT WAS SO DIFFICULT TO ENFORCE A SEPARATE BUT EQUAL STANDARD.

Gov. George C. Wallace:

Well, of course uh, most people in the South, the 17 states uh, when the, when that decision was made had uh, segregation in the school systems. Uh, also you had segregation in 20 in other states in the union. It was just that, the great mass of people, of white people felt it was the best interest of both races, it was not an antagonism, toward black people, and that's what some people can't understand. But we found out when uh, as years passed by that it was not the kind of system we ought to have, its gone forever, thank goodness, and uh, we in a lot better shape than we ever have been as a result of it being uh, done away with.