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I would say, first year in New York: the first year we
started on the -- on our research.
Of course, my husband was traveling through the South, and we
were talking with each other, you know, on the implications of it.
So I would say, that first year.
As you discussed the implications, could you kind of trace the
evolution of your thinking about this problem as it exists, and how
this then influenced whatever next step you took after you completed
this field work?
Would you ask that question again?
Could you trace a little more the evolution of your thinking
about the impact of the feeling of self-hatred, and how this
influenced you towards your next step, after you completed these
Well, I think this. As we had findings from the study, that
is the thing that triggered any thinking, you know, that we did
about it. I think, as we found the children really didn't want
to be black or even brown, then you began to wonder about the whole
field of education, and what did it mean that all these children
were in one place? You know, what kind of situation is this,
that they're isolated from whites, and they can never learn that
they're just as good as whites, they're just as bright as whites.
They'll always think they're inferior. They'll always think that
whites are superior to them.
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