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Equality, 1954 and 2010

July 5, 2010

To the Editor:

Re “The Triumphant Decline of the WASP,” by Noah Feldman (Op-Ed, June 28):

When I was moving into my quarters at a New England boarding school in 1954, my new roommate asked, “Do you mind that I’m Jewish?” As a small-town, white Protestant with almost no exposure to America’s diversity and its problems, I was stunned by the question. All these years later, I still am.

That any Americans should need the approval of any other Americans simply to be who they are is horrifying.

In my university town of Bowling Green, Ohio, two antidiscrimination ordinances, intended to protect gays, military personnel, pregnant women and others seeking housing or employment, were approved by the City Council last year. Now they face a possible repeal at the polls in November.

Opponents have forced the issue onto the ballot and into the secrecy of the voting booth.

James H. Bissland

Bowling Green, Ohio, June 28, 2010
Trish’s Thesis Advisor, 1984

A version of this article appears in print on July 6, 2010, Section A, Page 22 of the New York edition with the headline: Equality, 1954 and 2010.


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