Campfires, Frisbee And Consciousness Raising

At dusk on a summer day, with mosquitoes in the air and a lake sparkling through the trees, 60 teenagers stand shoulder to shoulder in a field, listening to a counselor. But she's not outlining camp activities. Instead, she reads a list of life's advantages and disadvantages. The teens respond by taking steps forward or backward, sorting themselves into haves and have-nots. Does your family employ domestics? Step forward. Are there prostitutes or drug dealers in your neighborhood? Step back. Raised in a two-parent household? Forward. Paid less for a job because of your race or ethnicity? Back.

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