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Or maybe I might have said, “Oh?” or something like that.
And he went on saying -- by the way, by this time I had
tenure and I was secure in that fact. And he said something about
the fact that I owed some responsibility to the students, not only
in terms of the classroom but in terms of extracurricular activities.
I think he was raising some questions about the extent to which my
involvement with the NAACP lawyers was at the expense of my serving
on faculty committees or things of that sort.
And I listened to him, and somewhere in the discussion, I
said something to him about, “well, Dean Gottschalk, are you
suggesting that I make a choice between my work with the NAACP
lawyers and my work at the College?” Which was sort of hitting
below the belt, because I knew that he couldn't really ask such a
He said, “Oh no, no. I just thought that maybe we ought to get a
little more balance,” or something of that sort.
Well, I made it clear to him that I had made my choice,
in terms of this kind of commitment and involvement, and that I really
knew that it would have to be at the expense of the kind of thing that
a young assistant professor, associate professor had to do in order to
be promoted, etc. But if this were going to delay promotion and
what not, so be it.
That conference -- which was the only one I had with him, by
the way -- ended with a sort of an understated impasse, with each
of us understanding the other, but not giving very much either way.
And I realized that if Gottschalk had his way, that I would pay for
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