Hi Kayla, great writing. The story is told well and I follow it clearly. I agree there are volumes of “progressive” professors who are pretentious about their identity. I don’t understand it. If you have an issue with blacks, its better to be honest about it- this whole “I fought on the front lines and therefore know everything” rhetoric is pure arrogance. The woman could simply have admitted her mistake. I had a teacher in high school who wrote three authors names on the chalkboard and asked which one was different than the others. Two were female writers, one with a pseudonym. I answered two were women. The teacher insisted that my answer was wrong and the different author was of a different nationality. People in authority are too often afraid to admit their errors — like an opera singer who misses a note in front of a large audience. Your professor apparently liked to sport her identification with blacks but couldn’t handle a black woman challenging her. I wrote a novel a few years ago with a young black girl who has such a teacher…some of us less “vocal” about our alliances who truly understand the oppression waged against people of color and can feel the rage, hurt, and violence within it causes are willing to listen to someone who faces the deadly reality of racism daily and learn from it. I can’t do much myself alone. I have seen people of color do amazing things in spite of systematic and national racism. I know you won’t give up. Good luck to you!