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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 68

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ALL EDITIONS newly- AY ittpply is N. SCKULTZ By Valley High ByP, Guests are firm rat of WILLIAMS is locat- iTER To the Editors Thanks for your copy of Erma Bombeck's missing May 26 column. I had no intention of creating an incident with what was a flippant comment in passing. It was difficult to imagine Erma writing anything not fit to print, but it appears that she really was "At Wit's End" with that subject. I agree it was more a matter of poor taste and lack of humor than obscenity, and my reaction would have been to accord it the treatment of "benign neglect" as you did. Lila C. Shelton, Phoenix Dear Women's Forum: Thank you for the copy of Bombeck's "Myra, the oversexed D-U-C-K." As far as this particular column being too frank or suggestive it was far from that. It is amusing. Some time back, Erma had a thing about miniskirts and she said, among other things, "and I could only cross my legs in the presence of the immediate family because of the shortness of the skirt" and "Boy," she has a person say, "You really took my picture that time." That is an old Ohio saying that means . . . well, never mind what it means. I know what it means and I don't find it offensive. To me, Erma is like a relative who gets drunk. She is family. James 0. Milton, Phoenix Dear Women's Forum: Thanks for sending me Bombeck's unprinted story. As always, I thought her writing funny. However, I'd just registered at the University of Arizona and at times like that I find almost anything funny. I let my daughter read the article. Her comment? "Hey, that's cute." Considering that your newspaper prints a story about a restaurateur who lost his digestive ability and the story ends with "He literally has no stomach for his own cooking" and fills in space with quotes from Gov. Williams almost every day, I don't have too much faith in your deciding what might be humorous and what might be nausea producing. Mrs. Alice B. DenDooven, Tucson At the moment when the last foil moon passed over the duck pond on Erma's farm, Women's Forum went out — permanently— of the underground Bombeck - suppressed - column business. Only the hot, smoking Zerox machine knows how many copies it ground out—but the official return count indicates that everybody except Lila Shelton and this editor would have printed Bombeck's duck story. And unhappily for all of you, one of the two of us was, as they say, in the catbird seat at the moment of decision, it's a bard world. To Women's Forum: "One of my ghost story features is enclosed which you are welcome to use in exchange for reader mail, which will provide additional material for my book. From experience I know that reader response to my ghost stories is good. Conrad D. Jensen Butte, Mont. 59701 Mr. Jea Ben's story, "Wbo'i There?" discusses an apparently easy-going ghost who walks around the Jensens' upstairs work room late at night, occasionally slamming doors, but "is never a bother except for a little noise, and I don't think be reads over my shoulder when I type, knowing, perhaps, tltat I would never stand fur New OIC executive director interviewed Steps that could be taken to eliminate V racial prejudice in Phoenix Q. How does Phoenix rank in terms of racial prejudice? A. Among the worst of cities. At least 85 per cent of the black administrators of this city would be out of jobs tomorrow if poverty funds were cut off. Q. What steps would you take to eliminate prejudice here? A. I'd like to see all those so - called committed and interested whites admit that racism exists here. I'd like to see them insist on eliminating it by starting at the elementary school level where minority children first learn that they are 'inferior'. Q. What changes would you make at the elementary level? A. I'd start by comparing current textbooks to newer one's which do not exclude the contributions minority groups have made to our culture. These "unabridged" American histories are in use in large cities throughout the country — but not here. Q. What are some of the common exclusions? A. An obvious one is the failure to portray black children among the Tom, Dick and Mary stereotypes. Other exclusions are more subtle. They include the tend- women s Wednesday, June 17, 1970 Page 34 By APRIL DAIEN As one-time Ail- American football hero for Palo Verde Junior College, four-year Navy veteran and San Jose State College graduate* the new executive director of the Opportunities Industrialization Center (QIC)' could qualify as a silent majority hero. Even today, Boyer, 37, named June 9 to replace James L. Williams as head of the non-profit education and job training complex for minority groups, leads an ostensibly middle-class existence in a mixed community on the fringe of what he calls a poverty area. Yet, like Martin Luther King, whose sure but gentle manner his resembles, Boyer has a dream which guards him from middle- class complacency. This dream, equality for all men, finds irregular reinforcement in the ag- gravation'of old wounds as his children recount, sobbing, "They called us nig- gers." "I know how it feels to be let in by the back door and to be refused service in a restaurant," Boyer said in a Women's Forum interview this week. "And I won't have that for my children." One of 24 selected nationwide to participate in a three-month pilot managerial training progrm at the OIC National Institute in Philadelphia, Boyer left a top supervisory position with Phoenix' Parks and Recreation Department to join OIC, at 39 E. Jackson. He has served as director of training and programs there since 1967. ency to depict the black man as a Sambo or an Uncle Tom waiting to be freed from bondage by the "good" white man. Historically, this is inaccurate. The black man, led by men like Nat Turner, fought for his own freedom and for the freedom of this country. His uprisings made John Brown's battle look like a picnic. The black American also was among th<)se<who led TR's charge up San'Juan Hill. Why is it that only white men are credited with this? Q. What about minority history courses? Do you think these are needed to do away with prejudice? A. Absolutely. I can draw from personal experience here. When my youngest son, Val, was 4 Ms, I asked him and my other two children, "How are my beautiful black children today?" Each of them cried, "I'm not black!" I decided to expose them to black history and culture. I read to them every day, took them to hear me lecture. I knew, finally, that I had succeeded when Val said six 'months later, "Daddy, I'm your beautiful black" boy, aren't I?'*'"--..,_. • An interesting sidelight is the fact that, following this re-education, all my children's grades improved. Val makes As and Bs. Sherri, my 16 year old, was failing but now makes Bs and Cs. Q. Would you say then that the failure of black children to perform is largely a result of conditioning rather than of racial inferiority? A. Of course, If you don't believe it, figure out why all the top black athletes aren't 'qualified' to coach the sports in which they excel. Q. Do you believe that each race has certain natural abili- ties, and that this explains why blacks seem better in sports but worse in academics than whites? A. I don't buy that theory at all. Historically speaking, every minority group has excelled in those profession which were open to it. The Jews in Germany became successful merchants and bankers because they weren't allowed to own land, and because such professions were considered beneath the Christian's level. The same has proved true of the black man in America. Sports were ope i to him, so he excelled In them. Music and entertainment welcomed him, so he distinguished himself in these areas. Q. As the black man gains self-confidence, will'lie excel in other areas? A. I think it's inevitable that he will gain power as his confidence grows. Did you hear of a man succeeding who didn't have faith in this own worth? Q. What about the Chinese? They achieved in many fields in this country, despite grave prejudice. A. They also came from a cultural heritage which taught them that they were superior: They didn't come as slaves. Even today the offspring of Chinese or Japanese-and white marriages are ostracized as inferior in the orient. Q. Do you think that inter- gration would do away with prejudice in Arizona? A. Yes, if it's true, not token integration. But I think a good deal could be done to help the black man here without this step. For example, what do you think would happen if the ghetto schools were investigated and held responsible for performance levels of their students? What do you think would happen if people started wondering why children in predominantly black schools enter 8th grade with a 4th grade education? Q. Why do you think black students fail to achieve? A. If you study the word 'black' you will find that it has 175 negative connotations I and 25 positive ones. I This, no doubt, explains why when 100 black and 100 white children were asked to p choose the most desirable of two dolls.one of which was white, the other of which was black, all but one of them chose the white doll. Q. Do you think the devel- Mrs. Herb E. Boyer and daughter Sherri fashion Afro outfits Republic Photo by Lud Keaton Val, Mark and Herb Boyer seek black past to make a black future Around the Valley by Maggie Wilson How to be alert to the needs of your children Dr. William F. Hall, like many another poor soul who is tapped occasionally to make an informal little talk — after somebody else writes a jazzy title for him — scribbles a few notes on the backs of envelopes and then plays it by ear once he gets to the auditorium. Dr. Hall is director of the Child Study Service for Phoenix Elementary District No. 1. He talked last night on behalf of the Center for Child and Youth Development, 2930 N. 7th Str, after Dr. Willard Abraham, the Center's cofounder, dreamed up a jazzy title: "How to Spend the Summer with Your Child - and Still Love Him in the Fall." So, on the backs of envelopes, Dr. Hall scribbled such notes as these for his talk in the auditorium at First Federal Savings Building, 3003 N. Central. "First, parents should get themselves mentally ready for summer —• start thinking positively. "Eliminate such thoughts as: 'School's only been out a week and what I wanna know is do they really give you life imprisonment for justifiable homicide in Arizona?' "Move on to the positive Kluii like '"Maybe if I sold the piano, I could send both kids to summer camp.' "Or, 'School starts again in only two and a half months.' " After that, he planned to urge parents — especially moms — to get physically set for summer. For instance? In a calm mood, practice dialing the telephone. Dial the police, doctor, fire department, neighbors, and your husband. Then, repeat this exercise while dialing with a live rattlesnake in one hand to simulate panic conditions. Also, practice listening to the screams of all the children so you can distinguish the screams of your own. That way, you'll panic only at appropriate times. And after he had exhausted his repertoire of such little yuks and chuckles, Dr. Hall planned to move into some semi-serious stuff. "Togetherness should be treated with caution, such as respecting the child's rights to privacy and to be alone if he wishes. "Don't be a pal; be a parent. "Summer can be a chance to really know your child and have him know you. "Explore new and different things together — like the zoo, art museum and such. "But out of this togetherness, try to develop a little objectivity about your child." And then, Dr. Hall planned to tick off the local agencies that might be of use to mothers: Local day camps, the Ys, Boys' and Girls' Clubs, school recreation programs. "And give yourself a break," he planned to say. "Take turns trading off all your kids to a neighbor — and then relieving her by taking all of hers for a couple of hours." That's what he had roughed out to say. To go with the grabber of a title. But you know how it is: If he thought of something more intriguing to say once he got on the podium, he never looked at the scribbles on his envelopes. And if he played it by ear and winged it last night, gee, don't blame me. I was scribbling on the backs of my own envelopes about the problems and needs of the urban Indian in the Phoenix area. Dr. William F. Hall Instructor classes The M a r i c o p a County American Red Cross water safety instructor classes will begin today at Hermosa Park Pool, 20th Street and Southern, and will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. There will be no charge for the course, which will last through July 7. TOWER PLAZA • PARK CENTRAL master charge' BANKAMtRICARO Porter Original TAHOE 7.95 CATALINA c.95 PHOENICIAN 4.95 Step out to ipring and summer fun In a pair of diitinctively-jfyUd Thongi from Joe Porter's. The perfect complement to your tpring and summer wardrobe, these attractive thongs are made of fine quality leather that will wear and stay smart for years. 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