To the Editor:
Carey McWilliams’ article in your November issue, “Does Social Discrimination Really Matter?” is a fundamental analysis of a primary nature.
I am reminded of the public opinion studies which indicate high ratios of prejudice in upper income brackets. At the same time Mr. Roper’s most recent poll indicates widespread prejudice in rural areas. Both revelations must enter into the planning of a realistic human relations program.
For the rural and village regions we must work in the realm of stereotypes and cultural climate without the association of people across cultural lines, something often overlooked by contemporary sociologists who concentrate on cities.
But for the point made by Mr. McWilliams, the realistic approach is that of securing active leadership of the so-called conservatives, a condition usually not attained by the liberals and their groups. If a dent is to be made in the circles of social discrimination, the major influence must be exerted by business, political, and social leaders who can be won by the proper approach based on ideals and self-interest.
I hope the intergroup agencies will recognize this fact and act upon it.
National Program Director
National Conference of Christians and Jews
New York City