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Last week i did a presentation of a mini lesson for my writing pedagogy class. long story short i presented on epic poetry and its modern day counterpart, narrative hip hop. i played a slick rick song then had the class write a hip hop song together. i brought in a beat so that i could rap the song for the class when we finished. instead of doing it myself i asked for a volunteer. no one jumped on it immediately so i asked my friend if she wanted to do it. i know her from other classes and i know that she really digs slam poetry, spoken word and hip hop. she is also the only black person in the class. she responded veeery sarcastically and said "why because i'm the only black person?" i had not even considered it that way. she read the rap really well and the class really loved it. i got several compliments on my lesson. an hour later i got an email from my teacher asking me to apologize to the class for my slip up during my presentation, that the girl i called on may have been offended and so on. this really caught me off gaurd. i apologized monday to the class and she stood up and said that she really enjoyed the lesson and felt honored that i called on her. she said that people are too uptight about race and that she likes to just put it out in the open.

so, the whole thing confused me pretty bad. i've been misunderstood in the past and i realize that this could be job threatening in the future. whew, any ideas or suggestions?

Samuel Reeve Kirkpatrick

Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:24 pm
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