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JORDAN: Were you born with a caul over your eyes like Lena? ANSA: Yes, I was born with a caul over my face, too. " It started to make sense when I started to use things that were so much a part of my upbringing, things that were so close that I hadn't examined them. Living here on the island also had something to do with it making sense because people here still talk about dreams and premonitions. In a way, the more assimilated we become, the more integrated we become, the more we become a little ashamed of these things.
I edited each interview to eliminate redundancy, empty pauses, and false starts, then sent it to the writer for any stylistic changes she might wish to make or any adjustments in content to clarify points or to reflect any changes in her position on a topic. Most writers made only minor stylistic changes, though a few made fairly extensive revisions. I found this process perhaps more timeconsuming, but well worth the effort, for sometimes in speaking we do not have time to clarify our position or to phrase our thoughts as we mean for them to be taken.
Why do we allow our shared history to remain buried when understanding how that history has devastated all our lives might help us to comprehend and overcome the racism and sexism so prevalent in America today? And why do we not see that any discriminatory practice causes us all to lose? These questions address the forces that keep the races apart, and until we come to terms with the issues behind them, friendships must remain secondary. Unless we come to terms with the pain, the mistrust, and the misgivings that developed in slave society to keep both groups in their places, that pain and mistrust and all the negative effects of not facing the truth will continue to enslave us.