Thursday, November 17, 2005

Joann McCaig on Oppression

"Melissa began grad school with great promise. But by the end of fall term, she looked unhinged, skeletal, pale with shame. At first, she'd slink into Diana's office, haunted, saying 'I just don't understand...' By winter term, Melissa avoided Diana, looked right through her at readings and lectures. At the annual grad-student conference in March, Melissa stood up to give a paper in which she cried and apologized publicly for being white, middle-class, and racist."

--Joann McCaig, from 'The Textbook of the Rose', 2000


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