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was I ever aware of being related to by my colleagues or by my students,
with maybe one or two exceptions among the students, in terms of my
By the way -- one of the exceptions was Nathan Glaser.
He's one of the few students whom I remember who seemed unable to
hide his discomfort, or his awkwardness, at being in my class. And
I sensed it at the time. I didn't wait until I'd been reading his
latest stuff on affirmative discrimination in the articles which he has
been publishing in COMMENTARY MAGAZINE, you know, rationalizing
continuation of the racial status quo.
But as a student in my introductory course in psychology, he
seemed awkward, and somewhat sullen. I was surprised when I saw him
show up in my social psychology class, where his manner was pretty
much the same.
Fortunately, there were very few students like that Fortunately.
Was this something you just sensed, or did he actually say anything
No, he never said anything that was related to race in any way,
but he -- it was not uncommon for the City College student at that period
to be questioning, you know, and the better students engaged their
professors. They were not passive. And to this extent, Nathan Glaser
was typical of the better student. However, he brought with it a
quality of sullenness, not know-it-all-ishness, because that was
also not too uncommon, -- I mean, he had a quality of know-it-all, but
there was another quality of -- yeah, “I know more than you do, and
I'll always know more than you do, and by knowing more than you do,
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