When Race does not Matter: We Are all English!

When Race does not Matter: We are all English!

Here’s what happened to me at the College (Indian River State College) today (December 5, 2016). As I was making copies in the Copy Center, a white lady approached me and asked:

White lady: What do you teach at the College?

Me: I’m a Professor of English. I teach English Composition and
Literature.

White Lady: Where are you from?

Me: Haiti

White Lady: I thought you were a teacher of a foreign language.

It is interesting how some people easily equate the English language with whiteness, and the fluency in the English language with intelligence.

* Almost every semester, unfortunately, I have to remind some of my white students that I’m a real English Professor, and in fact, accentuate that my PhD is in English Literary Studies.

#Imoverwhelmedbyrace #racismisdepressing #theendofrace

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