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​​​​When Dan was at Boys Town in the 50s, diversity was not something that was readily accepted. But Boys Town was different. Young men regardless of race, religion or background were treated with equality, teaching the boys that lived there tolerance and acceptance. Today, those same values hold true.​


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Dan: At Boys Town, we had Indian friends of mine, Hispanic friends, there were Black friends, I mean it was a complete mixture. But we didn’t see color. The only time we saw color was when had passes in high school and we’d go into town. Then we’d see how some of our classmates were treated by other people because they weren’t white. And that kind of disturbed us, because when we were at the home everybody was the same, that’s just the way it was. We didn’t see diversity, we just saw who we were.