The idea that racism is a thing of the past is a hard concept to
document, from either side of the argument. Today in America there is more
opportunity, and more freedom to move from one social class to another than
there ever has been. However, just as there is a "glass ceiling" in some
career paths that have been traditionally dominated by white males, there
also exists evidence in our country that racism is still a problem, and
must be addressed in positive, proactive terms in order to create true
equality. How we measure and define equality, if there is such a thing,
will be the most difficult aspect to developing a strategy to eliminate
racism from our midst.
Written in the mid 1960's, the racial picture in the country was
significantly different at that time. While 1963 brought court mandated
end to the Separate â€“ but â€“ Equal treatment of black Americans, the
attitudes and social prejudices which remained in tact created a
significant glass ceiling, and glass walls, fences, and barriers which
black Americans were not allowed to cross.
In Lois Stalvey's book, she lived in narrow, white anglo saxon
protestant neighborhoods for the first years of her marriage. Her life has
been cut out of a magazine, which described the typical American family
with a couple kids, a father who worked and a mom who enjoyed staying home.
However, after becoming aware of some of the prejudices on their Omaha,
Nebraska home town, they chose to become active about the racism they saw,
and moved to resist its injustices. They developed and nurtured friendships
with persons whose racial identity and culture differed from their own.
Eventually, their behavior caused a demotion and transfer for Mr. Stalvey.
When they resettled, they sought housing that allowed them to live in a
neighborhood of varied races and cultures. They sent their children to a
school where they were a minority race. Over...