50 shades of white, or, still more on that dictum, “Take a job, any job”

The foreign graduate students are trying to convince a longtime faculty member not to go home to New Orleans every weekend, as he does. They have told him he is snobbish. He should respect and participate in the fascinating folkloric traditions of our town.

Faculty member: I am intimately, ancestrally connected to this area. In the towns of the region it is traditional, even fascinating and folkloric, to lynch people who look like me.

Faculty member: In New Orleans I have an infinite family that loves me and looks out for me. And we are  immigrants — stevedores who came on boats, Mexicans who walked — not crazy graduate students who came on airplanes with visas and Euros in their pockets.

Faculty member: Do you understand what I have said? Get back!



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