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Jo ell a Jefferson fears Frank Goudeau's hairclip . . . then studies herself . . . and smiles with pride Trainees learn that By APRIL DAIEN • Black is beautiful. And short and curly. And that's why barber Frank Goudeau volunteered to demonstrate Afro hairstyles for Negro trainees at Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), the hub of Phoenix' pre-vocational training for the unskilled and illiterate. Many of the center's clients are Negroes for whom the close-cropped curly style is a symbol of black unity, dignity development and self-respect. In the words of one enthusiastic observer: "If a black man can accept his hair, he can accept his skin, too." OIC Director Jim Williams probed the matter more deeply. "Blacks have been made to think that white is good, black is bad. So until recently they rejected their blackness, and tried to become as white as possible. They straightened their hair, modeled their speech and dress and mannerisms after whites. "But now they're saying: Black is beautiful, too. And God made me what I am." They're also wearing African dress, he said, "but it took I long time to overcome the Tarzan movies where one white man, one white woman and one white child tamed an entire jungle full of uncivilized blacks." A major concern of OIC is to build positive self-concepts, Williams said. This view found quick support from Jan Dick, reading Instructor for OIC. She teaches functional illiterates, many of them young men, who are out of work and self-esteem. "Some come here with bleached and straightened hair," she said. "They deny they're black, insist they're Mexican. "But as they gain confidence they 'let their hair down* naturally." Some who attended the two-hour styling show were equally quick in insisting that "not every black looks good natural." But good-natured barber Goudeau just kept clipping, shaping, combing and spraying Joetta Jefferson's hair. His explanation: "When you see a fellow black with 'natural hair' you don't just say, 'Hey, man, what's going on,' you call him 'brother.' " Trainee James McGlory agreed. "If you're black, why half-step it," he said. "Be natural. After all, you can cover up your body, but you can't hide your face." "It takes a long time to get people to believe that," said Mrs. Laura Everett, OIC grooming instructor. "Our train- women s THE ARIZONA! REPUBLIC forum Friday, April 4, 1969 Page 45 QIC's Jim Williams 's still hair ees, when they first come are shy, don't talk. And they don't think they're worth a thing," she said. "It's a hangover from the time—not long past—when kids would chant: 'If you're brown, stick around; if you're light, you're all right; if you're black, stay back!' " The saying derived from a slave system different from any other in the world. According to Director Williams, "When the blacks came from Africa they were systematically separated from blacks of the same tribe, language and family. They were severed from their culture, history and sense of group membership." Other slave cultures existed, according to Williams, but they weren't as extreme in this respect. "The whites had to justify enslavement, because the Protestant ethic wouldn't condone this," Williams added. "So they said blacks weren't human; in the % Compromise they said, in effect, a black man is % of a man—property, not a person." Following the abolition of slavery, he said, the contributions of blacks to American society were ignored or omitted. But, in fact, it was a Negro who performed the first successful heart operation (Chicago, 1893), who invented the electric incubator, who improved the light bulb, who learned how to store blood plasma. "By omitting or minimizing such accomplishments, black and white alike developed false self-concepts," Williams added. "The only difference is that the black's was built around negative images, the white's around positive," Williams said. "This is why acceptance of the 'natural' look is so important to the Negro, it's an inseparable part of himself," said Williams. "The rise of the Negro to equality will mean a better life for every American," he added. "It will mean acceptance of all people—fat, skinny, tall, short—on the basis of what they are, not what they look like. "It will mean we won't think of kinky or curly hair as good or bad, but just as hair; and that we won't think of some features as perfect, others imperfect; they'll just be features. "Here at OIC motivation for improvement comes from a positive sense of self; if you think well of yourself, you don't limit yourself in your thinking or your hopes," he added. "You come to realize that, as with a balloon, it is not color that determines how high a man can rise, but what's inside him." Parent as « dropout Why you're li ¥ V for today's mess Last of a Seriei By DR. MAX RAFFERTY Children mirror the conditions under which they are raised. The old bromide about the minister's scapegrace son notwithstanding, a youngster brought up in a sober, studious, courteous, God-fearing family is 99 times out of 100 going to grow up to be.a sober studious, courteous, God- fearing adult. And the young Abraham Lincoln notwithstanding also, the scion of a drunk* en, shiftless, ne'er-do-well, uninterested parent is all tod apt to take on one or more of these unlovely qualities as he grows older. This is why I keep laying that most youthful delinquencies go back to Mom and Pop, one way or another. Parental indifference, laziness and just plain stupidity sow the seeds which blossom into the evil flowers we see blooming in almost every headline these days. Here, for the record, are Mom's and Pop's most frequent cop-outs: —They don't know where their children are. Every time a tearful mother or a long-faced father comes to me with a dreary account of Susie's unaccountable pregnancy at the age of 14 or of Junior's brush with the law over a "borrowed" car, I ask the single pesky question with which I led off this series of articles: "Did you know where your children were every time they were away from home? And if not, why not?" —They have a sublimely chucklehead- ed faith unequaled since the heyday of Wilkins Micawber that something will somehow turn up to assure a happy ending for their particular offspring. Other people's children, no. Theirs, yes. Just because they're theirs. Further, that "something," for all the world like Euripedes' "deus ex machina" descending from a stage heaven to the accompaniment of creaking machinery offstage, will magically put everything right without of the slightest interruption of Pop's televised basebal game or Mom's bridge party. —As I've said before, parents give their children too darned much money to spend, and never bother to check up on how it's spent. Recently I read some interesting complaints from various European police chiefs about nomadic American adolescents who were clapped into durance vile a couple of summers ago for sundry misdeeds while roaming the Continent with lots of francs and lire in their pockets and with their nearest parent 3,000 miles away across the broad Atlantic. Incredible. —They talk a good fight. Parents find it easy to give orders to Junior, to bicker interminably with him and to threaten dJre consequences. But somehow the orders don't get carried out, the bickering remains devoid of anything but wind and the consequences are still hanging fire in some purely hypothetical future. REASON: It's just too unpleasant and tiring to really go to the mat with Junior. Talhilah never cracked Tragedy Fund Washington Post Service NEW YORK - Tallulah Bankhead didn't use up her Tragedy Fund before she died. Its contents are being auctioned off here on April 10. The Tragedy Fund was what she called a box of jewelry she kept locked away in a bank as insurance against the hard times that hit her between bouts of lavish living. "Everyone thought Tallulah would die broke, but she left $2 million or $3 million," said one of her principal heirs, Jess* Levy, who describes himself as having been her "confidant, drinking companion and personal secretary." About $50,000 worth of her jewelry is included in Parke-Bernet's big jewelry sate. An Augustus John portrait of Miss Bankhead which she often called "my most valuable possession" will go in a Parke-Bernet paintings sale on April 17. A Renoir and a Chagall that she owned also will go on sale. She rarely wore any of the jewels. She got them out of the bank for Truman Capote's party in 1966, and they weren't taken out again until after her death last winter. "She always said she would never get dressed up unless she was paid for it," laid Levy. The photographs of her dripping diamonds are Tallulah Bankhead dressed for the stage — in paste. She never even wore the diamond and sapphire bracelet-watch which is being offered for sale, said Levy. "Clocks confused her. She never could figure them out. She had a running argument with the telephone company because when you call the time, they never tell you if it's a.m. or p.m. I kept telling her it was a recording. But we'd be sitting around and she'd call up and they'd say it was 3 o'clock, and never tell her if it was 3 in the morning or 3 in the afternoon, and she'd start screaming at them out of sheer frustration." The only jewelry she really used was a two-strand necklace of cultured pearls. "She bought the pearls quite recently, and she called them her Dentist Pearls," said Levy. "She only wort them to the dentist. "Her Dentist Dress was one of the few big name dresses she had. A black sheath. She had beautiful teeth and was always having them cleaned." Cathy Douglas: just a matron? Washington Post Service AiY«, William O, Douglas WASHINGTON - She's "just an old Washington matron" who has gone back to school to get her degree. It takes classmates at American University months to realize she is THAT Cathy Douglas. "Nobody here knows who I am, and that's nice," Mrs. Douglas, now 25, said. Her hair Is shoulder length now, not the "boyishly close-cropped" that was the standard description of her at the time of her marriage to Supreme Court Justice William 0. Douglas, now 70. The calls for impeachment and the social snubs are 2% years old, and Cathy Douglas says her life is "settled" — classes three days a week, an occasional small dinner party, but most often she "opts for dinner with my husband and our chat about what color do you think the chair should be?" After dinner, Mri. Douglas studies while Justice Douglas reads — clipping newspaper and magazine stories for articles or speeches or books he's working on. She will get her degree in sociology in June after "losing about 14 hours of credit in theology which was • required minor at the college I went to before I was married." Her husband encourages her as • student. "He's in favor of it," she said. "He wants me to do what I want to do — not just to be his wife, but to make my own way professionally in the areas I want." Being a fulltime student crowds Mrs. Douglas* schedule. "Daily life is very daily — buying groceries, going to the cleaners," she said. "If my husband weren't in favor of it, it would be awfully hard to do. We're not quite at the 'get your own dinner* stage, Continued On Page 41 Republic Ph*t» by Yul Conaw»y FRESH FLOWERS, fruits and vegetables will serve as the decorations for the April 26 Phoenix Symphony Ball at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. Chairman Mrs. John Hay III chose the Market of Marseille, France, as the theme for the party, which traditionally closes the spring social season. Among those working on the event are, clockwise: Mrs. Betsy Goudy, Mrs, William Passey, Mrs. George Isbell and Mrs. Steven Karlik. RESULT: Junior regards his parents as a couple of blow-hards. And why not? •—Too many of them set a perfectly lousy example. Some parents chide their sons for drinking while they themselves are brandishing their third predinner martini, and they counsel sagely with their daughters on the evil effects of tobacco while half-hidden in a choking cloud of their own cigarette smoke. A child can't be blamed too much, after all, if he views with a slightly jaundiced eye his father's uplifting lectures on the depravity of sexual promiscuity deliv- erid in a context dominated by the old man's, notorious pursuit of every good- looking stenographer in the downtown office. What all this boils down to Is simple selfishness. Too many parents today are saying, "Don't do as I do; do as I tell you." You want to bask in the warm aura of a happy home, but, you don't want to give up anything in order to make the 'You want to bask in the warm aura of a happy home, hut you don't want to give up anything to make the basking possible. 9 basking possible. You want the privileges of domesticity without sacrificing any of the carefree joys of bachelorhood. You want to enjoy your children, but you don't want to become overly involved with them. So when I began this series on today's youth problems by referring to parents as the real dropouts, I wasn't kidding. You dropped out of the sex puzzle by refusing to give your children the ancient rules of morality, modesty and simple decency and then enforcing those rules justly, swiftly and drastically. You dropped out of the dope hangup by fat-headedly assuming that your kids would never stoop to drugs and turning them loose with plenty of pocket money in a jungle of teen-age addicts and pushers. And you dropped out of the college orgy of violence, obscenity and subversion by washing your hands of Junior after you got him safely registered and in residence at good old Random U. What's to be done about it? Plenty. If Junior hasn't yet passed the point of no return, rein him in. If he has, concentrate on his younger brothers and sisters. Institute strict household rules on conduct and behavior, and stick to them. Starting at about the age of 3, make sure that every child you're responsible for from here on knows the difference between such old-fashioned words as right and wrong, virtue and sin, honor and dishonor, good and evil. Make sure, too, that their virtue is promptly rewarded and that their sins are swiftly punished. Above all, make them earn the money you give them, and even then don't give them too much. And try to get together with the parents of your child's friends and talk them into doing the same thing. In closing, I trust that any possible youthful reader of this series will take due heed of all these parental peccadilloes I've been dwelling on and avoid them like the plague when in the fullness of time he too becomes a parent. If all his peers could somehow be brought to a rough likemindedness, then in about one generation we could eliminate all our reform schools, most of our prisons and a good many of our asylums. Bachelor serviceman plans Christmas for his Vietnamese tots ST. REGIS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Hoan Thanh'Khiet, 2, and Nguyen Thi Anh Hong, 4, are flying from Vietnam with their new father to see their Christmas tree and toys on Easter Sunday in the still-snowy Adirondacks. They're coming with a 24-year-old Seabee bachelor, Glenn J. Palmer, who adopted them after doing volunteer work at an orphanage in Da Nang. He says the children have "replaced what's been missing in my life" and that for brief moments they helped him forget the war around him. For a while the children will live with their new grandparents in their chalet- type home. They'll be called John James and Maria May to help ease their transition to American life. And they won't be lonely. The grandmother, Mrs. Glenford Palmer, says the place keeps humming with a constant run of children. There are 23 grand children, including the new ones from Vietnam. Glenn has two sisters, two brothers, a step-sister and three step* brothers.

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