Nigger

Gregory, Dick

E.P. Dutton, 1964

p. 72

Gregory recalls a day in school when each student was to turn in a parental contribution for a class project to help fund a soup kitchen. Gregory’s turn came: “’My Daddy said he’d give…fifteen dollars.’ My teacher turned around and looked mad. ‘We are collecting this money for you and your kind, Richard Gregory. If your Daddy can give fifteen dollars you have no business being on relief.’” Desperate, Gregory sputtered “’I got it right now, I got it right now, my Daddy gave it to me to turn in today, my Daddy said…’ ‘And furthermore,’ she said, ‘…we know you don’t have a Daddy.’