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    Posted May 28, 2014 by
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    In Memoriam

    Greatest Teacher

    I struggled to understand the history of this great nation.
    That it could be so powerful, but also very weak in the way it allowed its people to be treated.

    I joined a proffesional school in the South and was dismissed because of "poor attitude, rude behavior, and being threatening" in all my 5'4 and 138 lbs. I only learned that I should expect these titles as a black woman recently. The first lady has had to put up with them. It turns out the poor attitude was about questioning the blatant discrimination by the some deans and instructors at South College in Tennessee. I got Dr. Angelou's books and I began to understand but refused to tolerate ignorance. This quote carried the day: "“The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power.

    The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors and deserves respect if not enthusiastic admiration.”
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