The Education of a WASP

             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
             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 – but – 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. O...

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