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FROM READERS: 'Discrimination Made Simple,' a poem from Margaret Prezioso-Frye

By MARGARET PREZIOSO-FRYE/MISSOURIAN READER
November 30, 2012 | 10:00 a.m. CST

Margaret Prezioso-Frye is a single mother of two children who moved to Columbia in 1987. She wrote this poem about the discrimination she faces, writing, "I never expected all doors to be closed."

Discrimination Made Simple
What I did years ago I am now found overqualified for

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Have taught in foreign countries
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