Interview with Paul Wilson
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

NOW DID YOU FEEL THAT THE NAACP WAS UNFAIRLY TARGETING TOPEKA, RATHER THAN LOOKING FOR A PARTICULARLY BAD SYSTEM, THEY WERE JUST PICKING ONE, OR AS A LAWYER, DID YOU HAVE SOME SYMPATHY FOR THEIR CHOICE HERE?

Paul Wilson:

I'm not sure that I had any feeling about whether Topeka was being unfairly targeted. It was a case that had arisen in the context of the Topeka school district. I think it may have been a good selection for the NAACP for reasons that I've already said. This was one of the few places in the country where separate schools were being maintained, uh where — and where the schools were of equal quality. And in Topeka they had a willing group of plaintiffs, they had an issue that could be raised, and uh, they had some local lawyers who were interested, so I think it was quite appropriately brought there.