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happening in that posh little suburb.”


That's true. She was very disturbed. She was very bright and always at or near the top of her class. But one of the things that disturbed her was her observation of discrimination against the working class, the Europeans who lived near the railroad station. She would come home and say to us she couldn't understand why the guidance teachers would talk to the children of white collar professional parents about college, but would not talk to the children of the working class families about college. And I will never forget-- she probably has forgotten this-- she took an advanced placement math test, and she was always very interested in math, but apparently didn't do well on the test as her teachers expected her to. And her teacher, her math teacher, called her in and said, “Kate, you didn't do very well on this test, but we're going to put you in the advanced placement class anyway, because we know your parents would be disappointed if you--” And Kate was very upset about that. And I don't know what Mamie and I told her. Maybe we told her that's the way the world was or something, I don't know. We probably gave her some kind of cliche response.


Did she consider this some form of reverse prejudice? That is, in her favor, and that they gave her a break greater than they'd given others.


Yes. That's right, because they knew that her parents were

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