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Phylissa Mitchell

Virginia L. Murray Elementary School, Stone Robinson Elementary School, Burley High School, Albemarle High School

And you walked in with all of those odd preconceptions. And these are actually true stories. I thought that race [was] where people drove in a circle, you know, my father always called this a redneck 500, which is what I called it, and I didn’t understand why the kids at school were very offended, because that’s what my father called it. I didn’t know it was also known as the Indianapolis 500. We were told from I don’t know what source that white people’s hair smelled like dog hair when it got wet when it rained, and so you’re sitting in class on a rainy day sniffing. And these are all true stories, I mean that happened.