A story Mr. Williams would appreciate.
While in college and working a summer job became friends with a young man of Negro descent. We hung out together at work and when I met with college friends he would tag along. (Note that he had a responsible job at the plant.) It was soon discovered he was very bright but had a bad mental handicap. He did not believe he could make it in a 'white mans world'. Even though his plant position spoke to the opposite.
Well, his words became for us a 'have to do project' to change his mind. Our college, Cal Poly, an engineering school had a 'set aside' program, (not affirmative action). This with the help of sponsors allowed him to be tested for aptitude and general knowledge level. He passed. cont.