I know that I will always be expected to have extra insight into black texts—especially texts by black women. A working-class Jewish woman from Brooklyn could become an expert on Shakespeare or Baudelaire, my students seemed to believe, if she mastered the language, the texts, and the critical literature. But they would not grant that a middle-class white man could ever be a trusted authority on Toni Morrison.
Claire Oberon Garcia, African American scholar and educator. Chronicle of Higher Education, p. B2 (July 27, 1994).
The product of "a rather middle-class life," Garcia was one of two African American women on the Colorado College faculty and was teaching American and African-American literature to mostly white students. Toni Morrison (b. 1931) was a very prominent African American novelist who won the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature.