Interview with Paul N. Ylvisaker

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Over here? OK. When I look back, reflectively and retrospectively, it was almost, it was an inevitable period in American history. This anger had to explode. It was pent up, and righteously, for too long. So that when I go back to the earlier things that we did and the way we responded, I feel happy about that, and I think a lot was accomplished, but when I look at it in retrospect, even more was not accomplished. It turned out, I think, that opportunity did open for Blacks who were most like the established part of the country. Those who had education, professional advantage, of, they endured a lot of discrimination, but, still, when you look back 20 years later, 25 years later, there's a huge part of the Black population that is, has kind of "made it" in America. So what we did was we opened America to those who looked most like us. What we didn't do was to solve the structural problem that is creating havoc for the people that Bill Wilson in _The Truly Disadvantaged_ writes about.