The harsh ringing of the bell breaks her out of her reverie as she starts down the hallway, rubbing her sweaty palms against her jeans. The previous nights had been restless from an essay she spent countless hours compiling.
Entering the classroom, her heart speeds up, and she makes her way to the front where her seat is located. As she takes out her supplies, she notices her teacher standing dauntingly, a stack of papers in hand. Once the class fills up, the teacher makes a beeline for her desk and returns the essay face down. She slowly turns the wrinkly college ruled paper over. She trembles and her hands are clammy.
Her heart drops at the sight of 78%. She is not necessarily surprised that her hard work and sleepless nights resulted in a measly C. She expected it. However, her expectation stems not from the belief that her work was sloppy and without effort.
It was tied to her skin color. Although blatant racism is not obvious in most school settings, occurrences like the one above are not uncommon.