Diversity at Kalamazoo College
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The author reflects on the subtle nature of racism at a predominantly white liberal arts college that works hard to become more diverse. Her interviews began with the standard set of leading questions about the experiences and expectations of minority students. Throughout the interviews, she says, she was waiting to hit the right button that triggered the moment when a person stops censoring themselves and finally unleashes their true feelings about the issue at hand. To her surprise, that moment rarely ever came, and it was certainly never in response to any of the questions that she was asking. Racism was a fact of life for the students she interviewed. The author expresses her amazement that they were not angry, they were proud to represent their race on campus. They were proud that the college was taking steps to increase diversity.