In this week’s installment of my reading from my first memoir, Mississippi Sissy, I continue the Prologue section. But first I explain the context of using the n-word within the narrative when southern white people are speaking in 1964. In the explanation, I talk about a phone call I got from Oprah Winfrey who talks about just that topic – the way white people talked around her when she was a child in Mississippi at the exact same time. “This is not a coming-of-age story of a little gay boy,” she told me. “This is a story about race.”
She was right.
Oh. And I will be more aware of the volume next time. I am fine with the sound but I realize that others need the sound to be a bit louder.