SAMIRA: God I hate German, remind me why I took this class?
GRACE: Because you need a language requirement
SAMIRA: Yes, but why’d I have to choose German. I could have taken Spanish, or something completely different…like Arabic!
GRACE: Didn’t you take German in high school?
SAMIRA: Yes and I hated it then too.
GRACE: But isn’t that why you chose it?
SAMIRA: Yeah yeah, I wanted the requirement done quickly. That was stupid of me.
GRACE: But you hate languages in general.
SAMIRA: Not always, not at the beginning. When you learn colors, and numbers, and present tense. That stuff is fun.
GRACE: Cause it’s easy. But that doesn’t get you your language requirement.
SAMIRA: I know, I know. But I have to analyze this German poem. If there’s anything I hate more than German, it’s analyzing poetry. So those 2 things combined, yeah I’m in hell.
Drew bursts in
DREW: Check your e-mail
DREW: Your e-mail, have you checked it recently?
GRACE: No, we’re kinda studying
DREW: Well, they made another announcement
SAMIRA: About “The Incident”?
GRACE: What’d it say?
DREW: They have no leads, but they suspect off-campus involvement
SAMIRA: Of course they would say that.
DREW: Can’t admit to one of our own doing it
GRACE: Do you really think it was someone here they did it?
DREW: I don’t know. I really don’t. I don’t want to think so, but it could have been anyone here more easily than it could have been someone off-campus so I don’t see how they could rule it out so easily.
SAMIRA: Gotta keep face. Keep our reputation.
GRACE: Looks like it doesn’t it.
SAMIRA: I think we need to have those campus-wide dialogues. This on the heels of their last announcement is going to rile people up.
DREW: It already has. Have you been checking the message boards recently?
GRACE: No, I’m trying to stay off them for a while, too much procrastination.
DREW: This has pretty much taken over the boards.
GRACE: People angry at the administration?
DREW: Not just the administration.
SAMIRA: Who else?
DREW: Anyone you can think of. It’s turned into a debate on interracial relationships.
SAMIRA: There’s nothing to debate
DREW: They’ve found things, trust me.
DREW: We’re scheduling interracial dating panels for tomorrow night and discussions of race for the day after tomorrow. They’re going to happen in the dorm common rooms. Then we’re going to have a huge diversity awareness presentation this weekend.
SAMIRA: I might not go.
GRACE: Samira, you have to go, this was your idea too remember.
SAMIRA: Not if people are going to attack interracial relationships, it’s like attacking who I am. I don’t know if I can sit there and listen to that crap. Trust me, I’ve heard it all. This was supposed to be a solidarity thing not a debate.
DREW: It’s also about education. Educating people on the realities of race and interracial relationships.
GRACE: If you don’t defend what you know to be true, then who will. And it’s not as if it’ll all be attacks. I can’t imagine that there are more people against interracial relationships than there are for them on this campus. We’re a pretty educated bunch. Please Samira, there are so few mixed race people on this campus.
SAMIRA: Don’t I know it.
GRACE: And you’re living proof that interracial relationships work. Use that.
DREW: Samira, I know how you feel.
SAMIRA: Do you?
DREW: Of course I do. When my relationship with Grace gets out, there will be a lot of people not happy about it. But that sure as hell won’t let it stop me from standing up for us and for myself.
SAMIRA: I’ll think about it.
DREW: Don’t be afraid of other peoples’ stupidity, it’s not worth it.
SAMIRA: I’ll think about it.
DREW: Well, I hope I see you there. We still on for tonight babe?
GRACE: Of course.
DREW: I’ll let you guys get back to work then.
SAMIRA: I hate German poetry!
GRACE: Don’t worry about it.