It was a summer "multicultural education program." Hispanics, blacks, and "a few token Anglos" from nearby public high schools were intensively studying the "three R's" at a so-called "elitist" independent school.
One of the summer faculty was himself a former member of a Hispanic gang. A teacher intern, he could hardly believe what was happening.
"Why, they ought to bring the sociologists out here to see this: representatives of half a dozen barrios studying in the same place without fighting. The only time anybody has been able to get rival gangs together was at a boxing tournament."
Why the absence of gang fights here? I asked Willis Moore, student coordinator of the summer program.
Willis replied as a young black man of experience: "Here they find themselves treated as individuals, not as 'Chicanos.'"
A negative incident later underscored the significance of the point Willis made.
Half a dozen of the Hispanic students were en route home one day via public transportation. The instant they entered the bus station, the attendant called the polic e.