The civil rights struggle continues
The civil rights struggle continues, Simkins notes. Schools have been resegregated.
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Oral History Interview with George Simkins, April 6, 1997. Interview R-0018. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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- KAREN KRUSE THOMAS:
What kind of things do you think still need to be done? What do you
think activism in the future will address?
- GEORGE SIMKINS:
I think now, you're still fighting for things you fought for
30 and 40 years ago. These schools, for instance. People are talking
about neighborhood schools now, and going back to segregation. A lot of
blacks want neighborhood schools, because they claim it's
unfair for their kids to be bused all the way to a white school, and a
lot of the white teachers are not treating them the way they should.
Some of them are segregated in the classroom. It's not good.
I talked to a federal judge about a month ago, and he said
there's more segregation in the schools now than there was
before the Brown decision. I was really amazed at that. But
it's going like that all over the country.