Re: Equity Cartoon!

Kathy McMahon-Klosterman (
Wed, 26 Aug 1998 10:14:21 -0500

Barbara, I don't have a cartoon but the story of the three Ralph's in
Free to Be You and Me is a short , fun and clear example of how unfair it
is to treat everyone the same. For those who don't know it..the gist is
that we don't put braces on all the kids teeth in a family because one
child needs them or we don't make everyone wear glasses because one person
needs them, etc. Even adults understand it when presented this way!
There is an old cartoon from Rethinking Schools by Bemnet which could
be altered to get your message..I'll fax it to Barbara but for others..the
picture is of two men talking. One is European American and the other is
African American. The European American asks,"How can you find
satisfaction in the success you achieve if it was due to your race or
gender and not your qualifications or ability?" Long pause and then the
African American man answers," Why don't you tell me?" It was designed
for Affirmative Action and understanding 'the old boy network'. We do need
humor to help us understand and get on with the equity work yet to be done!


Kathy McMahon-Klosterman Associate Director of Affirmative Action for
Women's Issues/ Associate Professor of Educational Psychology

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