Mary C. Rudy


Jackie J. R. Meisel, 3/16/15
"The only reason I knew about it was because I had good friend who was already working...so I suspected that it was going on in other places, but you just don't know about it, you don't have any proof that its happening. I think that the prejudice still exists its just not so obvious."
Mary C. Rudy

Introductory Profile: About Mary C. Rudy

Mary Rudy is my grandmother. She is an African American grew who up just outside of Atchison Kansas. She grew up in a rural area along with her mom, dad, and 14 brothers and sisters. As a child she attended a predominantly white school and never thought that she would be treated differently because of her race. Her family hadn't been involved in any civil rights movements or anything of the sort so Mary never really knew what was happening until later in her life. It wasn't until she was much older that she had experienced social discrimination because of her race. Mary Rudy was denied jobs because of her race and later found out that multiple businesses not only trust black people to work with them but to even be in the store; they were considered suspicious characters. Mary allowed me to interview her about her experience with social discrimination and how it has affected her. She tells me that even though experiencing social discrimination was tough she thinks that it helped her gain perspective and learn about the prejudice in the area she had grown up in. After experiencing social discrimination Mary says that she was much more aware of the times that she had later felt discriminated against.