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Psychology Benefits Society

Fraying rope

By Debra Roberts, PhD (Howard University) and Sherry Molock, PhD (George Washington University)

Several years ago, I was at a national psychological conference presenting several papers.  I was walking through the lobby wearing an Afrocentric mud cloth jacket when a woman came up to me, handed me her tote and asked me to take her luggage to her room.  I remember thinking, “She can’t possibly think I am a staff person at the hotel because of my jacket” but I decided that I would take her luggage to her room. When she tried to tip me, I pointed to my conference badge with the presenter ribbon on it and replied: “Oh, that’s not necessary; you and I are both attending the same conference.”  The woman turned red, profusely apologized and tried to buy me dinner for the remainder of the conference.  – Sherry Molock, PhD

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