First let me say that Boomer Sooner was played at my father's grave side, some of my fondest memories are going with Dad to an OU game as a child on the Norman campus, my father, brother, sister and myself all went to OU and growing up -- OU represented the height of education and sophistication. In many ways it lived up to my expectations and more -- certainly in the opportunity to meet people from many different backgrounds and countries AND is in no small measure even now fueling the new website of Orchid Mental Health Policy: Global. Certainly, the good friends that I made such as Abeer (Everyone Wants Abeer) Choudhury from Bangladesh made my undergraduate experience so much more rich and meaningful. My Dad was poor and went to OU in the 1950s as a commuter student. As an extremely egalitarian person, he never had much use for the Greek System which he saw as elitist. Dad trained to be a history teacher and served as a cryptographer in the military immediately after the Korean War. His experience in the military convinced him of the need for an integrated educational system and that separate was NOT equal. When busing and integration came to Oklahoma City Schools, we did NOT flee. This was so important to both my mother and father and really to all of us. When I was in high school some 30 years ago at Southeast H.S. in South OKC in a working class neighborhood, the Grand Dragon of the Klu Klux Klan decided to pay us a visit in the school parking lot after school. Well, the Grand Dragon got jeered off the campus, and it probably sounds pretty paternalistic AND I remember Duane Meredith said, "We love our Black people!" As far as I know the Grand Dragon never came back to Southeast H.S. The thing is those racist fraternity guys at OU would probably look down their noses at the working class kids at Southeast H.S. That's what elitism does -- It Dumbs You Down. Well while I was at OU I had the opportunity to interview Ada Sipuel Fisher who was the first Black law student at the OU Law School. Mrs. Fisher was represented by the great Thurgood Marshall in her case that went to the Supreme Court. Marshall ultimately became a Supreme Court Justice. My Dad used to always say that if you wanted any long term change you needed to concentrate on education. More and more I'm focused on the kitchen sink, meaning I'm focused on everything and the kitchen sink that will bring about the change necessary to end racism as well as other types of discrimination against the "different" and such discrimination's concurrent horrific physical and mental health effects. I'm Sooner Born and Sooner Bred and When I Die I'll Be Sooner Dead! Rah Oklahoma! Rah Oklahoma! Rah Oklahoma! OK -- U!
My parents: Glenn & Joan (pronounced Joann) Corzine